Why your political discussions go nowhere | Robb Willer | TEDxMarin

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Compelling new research on language offers a response to political polarization. What if new social psychology research held the key to bridging America's political divides?

Robb Willer is a professor of Sociology, Psychology, and Organizational Behavior at Stanford University.  He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Cornell University and his B.A. from the University of Iowa. He previously taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the 2009 recipient of the Golden Apple Teaching award, the only teaching award given by the student body.

Professor Willer’s research focuses on forces that bring people together (cooperation, morality, solidarity), forces that divide them (prejudice, competition), and settings featuring the complex interplay of the two (politics, organizations). A theme of his research is that many aspects of social life that are often viewed as antisocial – gossip, hierarchies, moral judgments – are in fact fundamental to social order.

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