Beyond “DDS” and “Dilawan
All are invited to the forum Beyond “DDS” and “Dilawan:” Exploring Social Cognitive and Personality Dimensions of Young Urban Voters’ Choices in the 2016 Philippines Presidential Elections, with Dr. Allan B. I. Bernardo of the University of Macau as featured resource speaker. This will be held on 29 March 2017, from 4:30 to 6pm at the San Alberto Hurtado Hall of the Ateneo School of Government.
"We use a personality and social psychological approach to understand the psychological characteristics associated with groups of voters in the 2016 Philippine presidential election. We assume that voters' choices are framed within constructed social cognitive representation of Philippine society, and are influenced by more basic beliefs, values, and personality orientations. We further assume that there is a psychological “logic” in how the factors motivate and rationalize the voting choices of individual persons. To investigate our assumptions, we conducted a post-election survey targeting urban young voters. We aimed to better understand the social cognitive and personality characteristics of individuals who supported the leading candidates, so our survey inquired into social perceptions (perceived changes in the six years before the elections; most important issues that the incoming president should address), social beliefs (social axioms, political values, legitimacy of socioeconomic system), and personality factors (social dominance orientation, right wing authoritarianism, and the big-5 personality traits). The results show a convergence of social cognitive and personality factors that distinguish Duterte voters from all other voters, and especially from Roxas voters. We propose that these diverse social cognitive and personality profiles can provide a starting point for understanding the psychology of specific sectors of the Philippine electorate, and for constructing spaces of political dialogue beyond stereotypes associated with labels such as DDS and dilawan."
Dr. Bernardo is Professor of Psychology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau. He is currently President of the Asian Association of Social Psychology and Senior Adviser to (and former President of) the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies. He obtained his advanced training in psychology from Yale University.
His psychological research often focuses on applied concerns in education, mental health, political decision making, migrant worker groups, disadvantaged social groups or communities. He has published over 200 journal articles, book chapters, monographs, and edited books in psychology, education, linguistics, and other social and medical sciences.
He has received numerous recognitions for his scholarship, including the UNESCO International Prize for Literacy Research, the Spencer Fellowship from the National Academy of Education (USA), and the Fulbright Advanced Research Fellowship. In the Philippines, he was awarded the Achievement Award for Research (Social Sciences) by the National Research Council of the Philippines, the Outstanding Psychologist Award by the Psychological Association of the Philippines, and The Outstanding Young Men Award by the Philippine Jaycees. He was elected to the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Philippines. He was former President of the Psychological Association of the Philippines and former Chair of the Philippine Social Science Council.