Collective Cognitive Tasks as a Method for Studying Political Reasoning

Maxim Alyukov, Svetlana Erpyleva

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In the recent years, the logic underlying citizens’ political reasoning has become an important area of inquiry. Scholars argue that understanding the structure of political reasoning—that is, the logic citizens follow to combine and apply ideas—might be as vital as understanding the political beliefs and preferences of citizens in explaining how people make sense of politics. The article reviews the methodological approaches in recent research on the structure of political reasoning and identifies some of the shortcomings of traditionally used methods. The article then presents an alternative approach: the collective cognitive tasks (CCT) method. The article describes the CCT procedures and uses data drawn from the authors’ project on political reasoning in Russia to demonstrate how the CCT method works in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-44
JournalQualitative Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2022


  • political reasoning
  • qualitative methods
  • cognitive tasks
  • schema
  • bias


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