About the Lab

Our Mission

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 the quality of leadership. To this end we research citizens and elites combining traditional social science research methods such as surveys and experiments with computational and neuroscientific research methods.

The Hot Politics Lab is committed to open science practices. Therefore we publish here our advice regarding: preanalysis plans, workflow, and data management. 

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.