An op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times featured research by Assistant Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto with collaborators Ariel Malka, Michael Inzlicht, and Yphtach Lelkes. Written by Malka and Inzlicht, the op-ed, titled “The Paradox of the Free-Market Liberal,” references Soto’s research while discussing the relationships between political ideology, political messaging, and psychological differences.

Recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Soto’s research shows that people with “conservative” personalities (i.e., psychological needs for security and certainty) tend to hold right-wing political attitudes about social and cultural issues (e.g., opposing gay rights and abortion) but left-wing attitudes about economic issues (e.g., supporting social welfare policies and progressive taxation).