Group Attitude Formation, Group Centrism and Extremism

A multi-disciplinary research workshop held at the Orfalea Center on November 14, 2014.

The workshop addressed the following questions:

  1. What are the main conditions under which group interaction leads to inter-group polarization and extremism?
  2. How can we theoretically make sense of group attitude formation and group-dynamics leading to extremism?
  3. What methodological techniques have and can be deployed to investigate when and how group interaction leads to extremism?
  4. What data exists on what groups and what needs to be collected?

This workshop was part of the project “When and How Enclave Deliberation Leads to Extremism,” co-sponsored by the Orfalea Center.


Lasse Lindekilde, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Visiting scholar Department of Communication/Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, UCSB.Abu Shaibul’s Study Group: Small Group Dynamics and Radicalisation.

Clark McCauley, Department of Psychology, Bryn Mawr College. Extremism in opinion and action: The two-pyramids model of radicalization

Michael A. Hogg, Department of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University. From Uncertainty to Extremism: Social Categorization and Identity Processes.

Michael Stohl, Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies /Department of Communication, UCSB. The Long Tail: So many paths to radicalism, so few violent extremists

Magdalena Wojcieszak, Amsterdam School of Communication Research/ASCoR, University of Amsterdam. The Influence of Narrative and Numerical Messages on Integration-Relevant Attitudes among Muslim Immigrant Minorities.

Scott Reid, Department of Communication, UCSB. Regional Pathogen Stress and Genocide.

Workshop Participant/Discussants

Stefan Malthaner, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University/European University Institute.

Tobias Dienlin, PhD-student , Department of Media Psychology, Hohenheim University and visiting scholar Department of Communication, UCSB.

Stephan Winter, Postdoc, Department of Social Psychology, Media and Communication, Duisburg-Essen University.

Scott Englund, Department of Political Science UCSB.

Ella Paldam, PhD-student, Department of Religious Studies, Aarhus University.

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Ben Smith
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