Stanford Psychology Podcast
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106 - Amit Goldenberg: Collective Emotions and Social Media

106 - Amit Goldenberg: Collective Emotions and Social Media

Eric chats with Amit Goldenberg, Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Amit studies emotions in social interactions, for example in political contexts and on social media. He was a journalist and author before becoming an academic.

In this episode, Eric and Amit talk about how emotions operate in groups. Do crowds easily go “mad”? What emotions spread faster in groups? Why are we drawn to people more politically extreme than us? How is social media shaping our emotions and political behavior? Finally, Amit shares his journey from being a journalist to being a psychologist at a business school.

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Amit's paper on why we are attracted to morally extreme individuals
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