In this one-year anniversary episode of the Outrage Overload podcast, we reflect on the past year of diving deep into the outrage machine and searching for ways to lower the temperature. We’re thrilled to welcome back Dr. Peter Ditto, our very first guest, as we reexamine the ongoing challenges of political polarization and the erosion of trust in democracy.
One year ago, Professor Ditto warned us about the deepening divide in American politics, the erosion of trust in our institutions, and the potential for even more conflict. Now, he’s back to assess the damage and perhaps offer some much-needed hope.
So, strap in, folks, and get ready for a thought-provoking conversation about the future of our democracy.
Peter H. Ditto is a professor of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine. He directs the Hot Cognition Lab, which studies how people make judgments in emotionally-charged and motivationally-involving situations, and particularly in how emotion and motivation can shape (and often bias) our reasoning processes and, ultimately, our beliefs about ourselves and the world.
Dr. Peter H. Ditto Hot Cognition Lab: https://sites.uci.edu/peterdittolab/