Emotions and Politics

I study the role of affect in politics. We rely upon both self-reported and psychophysiological instantiations of affect and the study causes and consequences of these responses.

Relevant publications

  • Homan, M.D., Schumacher, G., & Bakker, B.N. (2022 – accepted). Facing emotional politicians: Do emotional displays of politicians evoke mimicry and emotional contagion? Emotion.
  • Schumacher, G., Rooduijn, M., & Bakker, B.N. (2022). Hot populism? Affective responses to antiestablishment rhetoric. Political Psychology
  • Bakker, B.N., & Schumacher, G., & Rooduijn, M. (2021). Hot Politics. Affective responses to political communication. American Political Science Review, 115(1), 150-164. (Open access)
  • Bakker, B.N., & Schumacher, G., & Homan, M. (2020). Yikes! Are we disgusted by politicians? Politics and the Life Sciences, 39(2), 135-153. (Open access)
  • Bakker, B.N., Schumacher, G., Gothreau, C., & Arceneaux, K. (2020). Conservatives and liberals have similar physiological responses to threats: Evidence from three replication. Nature Human Behaviour, 4, 613-621. Preprint