Emotions and Politics

A strip of red, white, and blue stickers with the words “I Voted” lies next to an announcement board with the words “Voting Day” written upon it.

The effect of emotions upon voting is one of the topics examined in this course. (Photo by Element5Digital on Unsplash.)


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Fall 2018



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This course is premised on the belief that emotions are a fundamental part of human nature. Accordingly, understanding emotions and incorporating emotions into our research can help us better explain variation in important political phenomena. Research on emotions and how emotions can influence decision-making has dramatically increased over the past two decades. This class aims to pick up on new findings from psychology and other disciplines and marshal this knowledge toward the most important issues of political science.

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Roger Petersen. 17.S950 Emotions and Politics. Fall 2018. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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