CSH Talk by Simon Schweighofer: "Affect and Political Polarization" - CSH

CSH Talk by Simon Schweighofer: “Affect and Political Polarization”


Mar 16, 2018 | 15:0016:00

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The lecture by Simon Schweighofer from ETH Zurich will take place at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna in Room 201.

If you are interested in participating, please email to office@csh.ac.at.

Abstract:

 

Polarization poses an existential threat to democratic political systems. Until recently, polarization was analyzed purely in terms of political positions. However, it becomes more and more apparent that polarization must also be seen as an affective phenomenon. In this presentation, we show that affect 1) correlates with polarization on the macro-level of Swiss political history, quantified with a novel measure of relational polarization, 2) increases the repetitiveness of online discussions, quantified on the basis of a neuro-probabilisitic language model, and 3), facilitates the alignment of issue positions. We also present an agent based model that explains the coupling between affect and opinion alignment, and produces testable psychological hypotheses. Our outcomes suggest that affect is not only an epiphenomenon, but a causal driver of political polarization.

 

Details

Date
Mar 16, 2018
Time
15:00—16:00

Organizer

Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Phone
+43 1 59991 600
Email
office@csh.ac.at
Website
www.csh.ac.at

Venue

CSH Vienna
Josefstaedter Straße 39
Wien,1080
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Phone
+43 1 59991 600
Website
www.csh.ac.at