Arie Kruglanski’s notion of epistemic authority (i.e., whom do you rely on for information about certain domains) has been examined in primarily Euro-America populations. With Arland Thornton (ISR) and Mansoor Moaddel (UMD), Karabenick has conducted an extensive survey of young adults in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, in which both religious and secular teachers are among the authorities targeted. Differences between countries and other correlates (e.g., religious fundamentalism) of epistemic authority are being examined.
Karabenick's research interests also focus on motivation, social aspects of self-regulated learning, and cultural influences on learning and motivation. Other research projects in progress include teachers’ beliefs about the role of genetics. He is currently associate editor of Learning and Instruction (EARLI) and coordinator of the EARLI Motivation and Emotion SIG.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia.
Programs of Research
Comparative Study of Religious Fundamentalism, Developmental Idealism, Values and Value Change in the Middle East.
Collective Action in the Middle East: A Cross-National Survey of People’s Values and Political Engagement.
Religious Fundamentalism, Attitudes toward Political Violence, and Developmental Idealism among Youth in Egypt and Saudi Arabia - 2005 .
The Birth Place of the Arab Spring: A Panel Survey of Value Orientations and Political Actions in Tunisia.