Emotions in Politics

Emotion and reason in political language

This paper studies the use of emotion and reason in political discourse. Adopting computational-linguistics techniques to construct a validated text-based scale, we measure emotionality in 6 million speeches given in U.S. Congress over the years …

Empathy-based counterspeech can reduce racist hate speech in a social media field experiment

Despite heightened awareness of the detrimental impact of hate speech on social media platforms on affected communities and public discourse, there is little consensus on approaches to mitigate it. While content moderation—either by governments or …

Collective Emotions and Protest Vote

We propose and test a novel behavioral theory of protest vote, that combines insights from social psychology to understand the role of collective emotions in generating protest.