Two otherwise identical individuals decide to vote for the Conservative and the Labour Party respectively, why? Which psychological features influence their adherence to those ideological options? Which psychological determinants of candidate evaluation drive their voting preference? How does the collective political action influence their individual political perspective? Since the concept of party identification was first employed to describe “the sense of personal attachment which the individual feels towards the [party] of his choice” (Campbell et al., 1954, p. 88-89) it has been an idiom of permanent controversy.
I have a Ph. D. in Psychology (University of Essex, U.K. where I also studied an MA in Political Behaviour). Using Terror Management Theory (TMT; Greenberg, Pyszczynski and Solomon, 1986) –specifically the manipulation known as Mortality Salience (MS)– I look at the way in which reminders of mortality mediate changes in political preferences patterns of voting behaviour and adherences to political parties.
My research interests are both the in Social Psychology of Politics and Political Behaviour. I am particularly interested in understanding the psychological processes by which people develop, adhere, and adjust their political loyalties.
It has been suggested that both epistemic and existential motives are highly interactive (e.g., Jost, Glaser, Kruglanski, & Sulloway, 2003) therefore, I have focus my doctoral research into two particular sub-elements of this model: TMT and its interaction with Need for Closure (Kruglanski, A. W., Webster, D. M., & Klem, A., 1993) that is the desire to have cognitive closure and maintain it permanently. In particular, I concentrate on how this existential threat interact with an epistemic need for closure by activating needs for consensus and agreement to, in turn, punish deviants from a perceived generalised political agreement.
I aim to pursue an academic career in order to further test reshape and expand the scope of my research findings such as testing the interactive effects of MS and NFC in different national settings.
My other non-academic interests are photography literature and minimalist music.
I also worked as a Political Psychology advisor for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
I am happy to receive communications regarding issues in Political Psychology and electoral behaviour.