The lecture by Simon Schweighofer will take place at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna in room 201.
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Polarization is threatening the stability of democratic societies. Until now, research has focused on the extremeness aspect of polarization, and failed to explain the correlation between different polarized issues. We develop an opinion dynamics model based on psychological balance theory that, for the first time, is able to generate hyperpolarization, and to explain the link between affective and opinion polarization.
We validate the predictions of this model on empirical data from the 2016 National Election Survey.