Hot politics Lab: Topics


core findings

a. Personality, and particularly the trait agreeableness, predicts voting for populist parties or politicians. (Bakker et al 2016)

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b. There are two routes to Trump support: one via agreeableness, the other via authoritarianism.

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c. Personality, particularly extraversion and openness, predict vote switching. (Bakker, Klemmensen, Norgaard, Schumacher 2016)

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work in progress

*A causal analysis of the relationship between agreeableness and populist voting using panel data, a conjoint experiment and a psychophysiological study. This work has been presented at the ICA conference in San Diego (2017) and the ISSP conference in Edinburgh (2017). 

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chapters, data & other




Bert Bakker, Matthijs Rooduijn, & Gijs Schumacher (2017). Response to Schimpf and Schoen’s Response to Bakker, Rooduijn and Schumacher (2016). Open Science Framework. November 24.



Bert Bakker, Matthijs Rooduijn, and Gijs Schumacher (2016). “The Populist Personality.” In The Science of Trump. Explaining the Rise of an Unlikely Candidate, eds. John Sides and Henry Farrell. The Monkey Cage.




Gijs Schumacher was awarded with an ERC Starting Grant for his project, POLEMIC. This will be conducted in the Hot Politics Lab.

02. The Mobile Lab

The Dutch National Science Organization awarded us the NWO Medium Investment Grant to build a Mobile Lab for physiological research.

03. Hot Politics @ Lowlands

For three days the Hot Politics Lab measured physiological responses to political propaganda at the Netherlands’ largest music festival- Lowlands.

04. Onderbuik Project

An Evangelical rock festival, a biking event, the largest fair in the Netherlands, the Hot Politics Lab was there to conduct more lab in the field studies.