Information: Evolution, Psychology, and Politics

  • Peter Beattie University of California
Keywords: information, social representations, schemas, memes, evolution


Social representations theory is unique within social psychology for its primary focus on information and its effects on society. Schema research likewise focuses on information, but only information in individual minds. Meme theory, while essentially a rediscription of what we already know, provides a helpful perspective on how ideas form, change, and spread. Together, these three approaches to information can help inform a political psychology capable of addressing the most pressing political problems we face today.