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


Hot Politics Lab meetings starting again!

Our weekly Hot Politics Lab meetings are back after the summer break! We compiled an exciting program for the semester, and as usually you can join the meetings via Zoom every Friday at 3pm (CET): https://uva-live.zoom.us/j/96492065253 or meet us at the Common Room of the political science department at the

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Maaike Homan’s research covered in Dutch media

Over the past month, lab member Maaike Homan’s research on the emotional expression of politicians has been covered in various Dutch media outlets. You can have a look at those articles and radio shows below: Blog stukroodvlees: Winning Looks: De rol van uiterlijk in de politiek – StukRoodVlees Blog stukroodvlees: Rechtse lijsttrekkers

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Interview with Bert Bakker in Financiële Dagblad

Lab director Bert Bakker was interviewed by the Dutch newspaper the Financiële  Dagblad about his project on the trade-offs of democratic principles during the corona pandemic. The preprint – co-authored with Vin Arceneaux (Temple University), Sara Hobolt (LSE) and Catherine de Vries (Bocconi University) can be found here:  https://psyarxiv.com/8e4pa/ and the

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End of Year Podcast

For an end of year special edition of the Online Hot Politics Lab Meetings, lab directors Gijs Schumacher and Bert Bakker sat down together and had a look back at the the past year. They reflect on the challenges and opportunities of moving the lab online, our great guests, and

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