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Joseph P. Forgas

Joseph Paul Forgas AM is Scientia Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales. His research focuses on the influence of cognitive and affective processes on social behaviour, and political psychology. He has published 34 books and over 200 refereed articles and chapters, is co-editor of the international book series, ‘Frontiers of Social Psychology’ (Psychology Press, New York), and is organiser and editor of the Sydney Symposium of Social Psychology Series.

Forgas was awarded an Order of Australia for his work, and has received international recognition including the Doctor of Science degree from the University of Oxford. He was elected to Fellowships by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, the American Psychological Society, the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has also received the Humboldt Research Prize, the distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and a Rockefeller Fellowship.

He was a political refugee from communism and migrated to Australia from Hungary at the age of 22, studied psychology at Macquarie University, and obtained his doctorate at the University of Oxford. For a brief video of his formative experiences, watch here.


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  • The Psychology of Populism: Tribal Challenges to Liberal Democracy 19 August 2021 | OP183
    The resurgence of both left-wing and right-wing populism presents a serious challenge for liberal democracies. Whereas liberal democracy is based on the Enlightenment principles of individualism, tolerance and freedom, populism is a fundamentally collectivist, anti-individualist and anti-Enlightenment tribal ideology. This paper goes beyond economic and other explanations for the resurgence…...
    The resurgence of both left-wing and right-wing populism presents a serious challenge for liberal democracies. Whereas liberal democracy is based on the Enlightenment principles of individualism, tolerance and freedom, populism is a fundamentally collectivist, anti-individualist and anti-Enlightenment tribal ideology. This paper goes beyond economic and other explanations for the resurgence…
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