Political Orientations and Morality Judgments in the Turkish Context: Considering the Roles of the Needs for Cognition and Recognition

Tekes B., Imamoglu E. O., Özdemir F., Öner Özkan B.

PSYCHOLOGICAL REPORTS, vol.124, no.1, pp.318-347, 2021 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 124 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0033294119899903
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Periodicals Index Online, AgeLine, ATLA Religion Database, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Child Development & Adolescent Studies, CINAHL, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), EMBASE, Gender Studies Database, MEDLINE, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Psycinfo, Public Affairs Index
  • Page Numbers: pp.318-347
  • Keywords: Moral foundations theory, (right-wing) political orientation, need for cognition, need for recognition, conservatism-liberalism, INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES, EMOTIONAL DOG, CONSERVATIVES, INTUITIONS, LIBERALS, CLOSURE, RELATEDNESS, FOUNDATIONS, BELIEFS, IMPACT
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


The aims of this study were to test: (a) the association of political orientations with morality orientations, specified by moral foundations theory, on a sample of young adults from Turkey, representing a collectivistic culture; and (b) the statistically mediating roles of needs for cognition and recognition in the links between political orientation and morality endorsements. According to the results (a) right-wing orientation and need for recognition were associated with all the three binding foundations (i.e., in-group/loyalty, authority/respect, and purity/sanctity); (b) right-wing orientation was associated with binding foundations also indirectly via the role of need for recognition; (c) regarding individualizing foundations, left-wing orientation and need for cognition were associated with fairness/reciprocity, whereas only gender was associated with harm/care; and (d) left-wing orientation was associated with fairness dimension also indirectly via the role of need for cognition. The cultural relevance of moral foundations theory as well as the roles of needs for cognition and recognition are discussed.