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Olaf Borghi, MSc

I am an early stage researcher and PhD student in the MSCA doctoral network “Interdisciplinary Perspectives of the Politics of Adolescence & Democracy” at Royal Holloway, University of London. In this project I investigate the relative contributions of cognitive and emotional traits to ideological thinking across the developmental window of adolescence. I am particularly interested in how our current societal crises influence how young people form their political identities, which cognitive and emotional abilities underlie their political decision-making and belief-updating processes, and how we can better support the democratic involvement of young people.

If you are interested in my work or would like to collaborate, please feel free to contact me.

Research interests

  • Cognitive and emotional traits and their development
  • Motivated reasoning and Bayesian updating
  • Ideology, dogmatism and political decision making

Methodological interests

  • Experimental and longitudinal data analysis (using SEM and LMM)
  • Computational modeling
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
IP-PAD MSCA Doctoral Network Member