Welcome to the
Hot Politics Lab


We study the role of emotion, rhetoric and personality in politics.

The Hot Politics Lab is an interdisciplinary research group combining experiments, physiological measurement and automated text analysis to analyze the role of emotions, personality and language in politics. We analyze topics such as populism, persuasion and party strategies.

Principal Investigators: Gijs Schumacher, Matthijs Rooduijn , and Bert Bakker


Special Issue in Politics and the Life Sciences

Bert Bakker and Gijs Schumacher received funding to conduct a study that will be part of the Special Issue on “Disgust and Political Attitudes”. In their project, Bert and Gijs will study to what extent people experience physiological and self-reported disgust in response to politics. In the coming period they

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Presentation OnderbuikNL Results

posts May 7, 2018 Is politics hot? Do politicians evoke physiological responses? We will present the first findings from our OnderbuikNL project on May 8th at Spui25 (20.00-21.30). We will show which physiological responses people have to political ads they agree or disagree with. And whether left-wing and right-wing people have different physiological responses

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Six Paper Presentations at MPSA

posts March 28, 2018 The Hot Politics Lab members will present 6 papers at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago (April 5-8). Nr. Citation 1 Experimental Evidence of Loss Aversion Among Swedish Politicians, Gijs Schumacher and Patrik Ohberg The paper shows that Swedish politicians desire more change in the party’s

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