Emotional reactions such as anger, fear and anxiety can play a significant part in politics and in spurring extreme dislike between various partisan camps in society. The academic community has seen a rise in the interest of studying the role of emotions and media in polarization. Regarding affective polarization, an important are of research is to explore what impact discrete emotions have in the formation of attitudes of affective polarization. Furthermore, more research is needed on how emotions in media content increase or decrease affective polarization. The research project “EmoAffect” strives to contribute with new knowledge by studying how emotional reactions drive affective polarization.

The project is funded by the Research Council of Finland and carried out at Åbo Akademi University.

Research group
Professor, Kim Strandberg
Associate professor/docent, Jenny Lindholm
Associate professorship/docent, Marina Lindell
Senior researcher, Tom Carlson
MS, Research assistant, Jesper Eklund