What Makes Groups Emotional?
People respond emotionally to events that are related to their groups, even when these events do not have any direct effect on their lives. These emotions are often shared through social interactions, and may play a key role in fueling and perpetuating social movements and intergroup conflicts. Using a multi-method approach, my research focuses on identifying emotional dynamics that lead to increased emotional intensity in groups. I plan to focus on three aspects in emotional dynamics that contribute to an increase in emotional intensity: network selection, perception of others’ emotions and emotional influence.