Hot Politics Lab

I am the co-founder and co-director, together with my colleagues Gijs Schumacher and Matthijs Rooduijn, of the Hot Politics Lab. The mission of the Hot Politics Lab is to use political psychology and adjacent fields to explain salient socio-political themes. To date, our work engages with themes such as populism, polarization, the role of emotions in politics, and leadership quality. To this end, we research citizens and elites by combining traditional social science research methods such as surveys and experiments with computational and neuroscientific research methods. The Hot Politic Lab is committed to open science practices.

Why are we called the Hot Politics Lab? This is because we believe that politics is about more than cool, rational considerations. Inspired by an expression from the works of Ziva Kunda, Milton Lodge and Charles Taber, cognition is not cool, it is hot. Therefore: The Hot Politics Lab. Please visit the lab website for more information:

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