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Polarisation

The polarisation of opinions is an important and probably increasing societal problem. This theme group aims to look for new avenues of collaboration in polarisation research across disciplines.

Polarisation across individuals leads to the formation of distinct factions which prevents us from reaching consensus on important societal issues. Individual cases of polarisation, radicalisation for instance, sometimes lead to harmful extremist behaviours.

Various scientific disciplines study these types of processes. Psychology studies the formation of attitudes in individuals, whereas sociology and political science are concerned with the collective properties of polarisation. These collective properties are also studied in statistical physics and computational science. Over the last decade, the statistical physics of social dynamics became a field in itself, with many different approaches to the formal modelling and simulation of social phenomena.

Scientific lead:

prof. dr. H.L.J. (Han) van der Maas

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group Psychological Methods

UvA researchers

prof. dr. P.G. (Peter) Bolhuis

Faculty of Science

Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

dr. J.P. (Jeroen) Bruggeman

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Cultural Sociology

Mr J. (Jonas) Dalege MSc

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group Psychological Methods

prof. dr. C.K.W. (Carsten) de Dreu

Faculty of Economics and Business

Section Microeconomics

Ms A. (Anna) Keuchenius

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference

prof. dr. G.A. (Gerben) van Kleef

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group Social Psychology

dr. M.H. (Mike) Lees

Faculty of Science

Informatics Institute

dr. G. (Gijs) Schumacher

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation

Affiliated external researchers