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The Effect of 9/11 on the Heritability of Political Trust

OPEN Political psychology | 5 Feb 2016

C Ojeda
Abstract
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, a rally effect led to a precipitous rise in political trust. However, the increase in political trust concealed a simultaneous decline among a smaller portion of the population. This paper examines the psychological mechanisms underlying these heterogeneous attitudes towards government and shows that a biosocial model best explains the observed patterns of response. The interplay of genetic and environmental factors of political trust reveals the stable but dynamic nature of heritability: genetic influences of political trust increased immediately following 9/11 but quickly decayed to pre-9/11 levels.
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Nature, Environment, Attack, The Pentagon, World Trade Center, Genetics, September 11 attacks, September 11
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