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Whether to Kill: The Cognitive Maps of Violent and Nonviolent Individuals

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By: Stephanie Dornschneider

Volume: 4 Issue: 10

October 2016

Review by:

Rolin G. Mainuddin, PhD

North Carolina Central University

Durham, NC

Why do people take up arms? How do individuals with violent and nonviolent behaviors arrive at their decisions to act? In bringing back the cognitive mapping approach (CMA) by Robert Axelrod, Stephanie Dornschneider takes a political psychology perspective in addressing these questions through an examination of beliefs (factors) and systems of beliefs (mechanisms) for decisions of political activism. The book is divided into six chapters: CMA, research design, group history, cognitive map construction process, computational…

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