The impact of narratives on individuals’ attitudes in Europe
Work Package 5
January 2022 – March 2023
Work Package 5 assesses how narratives have an impact on individual psychological processes. The final goal is to understand the conditions that make some narratives more successful or compelling than others in shaping individual attitudes and beliefs towards migration. To this end, WP5 pursues a three-fold objective:
- To understand the cognitive and affective processing of migration narratives, assessing the role of individuals as recipients of narratives.
- To understand the production and reproduction of migration narratives, assessing the role of individuals as narrative-makers.
- To assess whether these processes are similar or not across different socio-cultural and political contexts.
From a social psychology perspective, this WP applies experimental methodologies to the study of two countries with different political and socio-cultural contexts: Hungary and Spain. These experiments involve the reading and processing of fake newspaper articles about migration to assess implicit attitudes towards migration and the generation of a personal narrative about these issues.
As a result, a full repository with all experimental materials and data collected, together with two Working Papers, are released: one focusing on the influence of narratives on individual attitudes towards migration and another focusing on the role of individuals as (re-)producers of narratives mediated by these attitudes.
Led by: UPF (Verònica Benet).
In cooperation with: TK.