Benjamin Franklin spoke and wrote in ways that, if taken up now, could begin to erode the polarization of the current era.
Biden's winning campaign message was one of unity. But even the people who study polarization can't agree on whether it's possible to unify the United States.
A philosopher writes about why many of us are feeling tired with the constant onslaught of information coming at us.
How much weight would you put on a scientist's expertise versus the opinion of a random stranger? People on either end of the political spectrum decide differently what seems true.
Using machine learning to study over 85 million YouTube comments, a research team has, for the first time, identified linguistic differences among cable news viewers.
Charges of media bias are nothing new, though they've gotten louder since 2016, led by President Trump. But a press free to take a variety of viewpoints was the founders' intention.
A recent Pew survey showed just how deep the divide has become, with about 40% of registered voters saying that they didn't have a single close friend supporting a different presidential candidate.
My research shows that when politicians use hate speech, it's not just empty rhetoric or political theater: Domestic terrorism increases, in the US and in other countries.
A political science scholar explains how political beliefs inform the way we process scientific information.
A psychologist explains how to reestablish civil political conversation in your own life.
Americans tend to think that self-identified liberals and conservatives hold more extreme views than they actually do.
In a survey, Trump supporters showed the lowest faith in the Supreme Court, the federal government, the media and other pillars of society.
A growing chorus of people say the US has never been so politically divided. A Civil War historian reminds readers that there was once a far more divided time.
Whether due to Trump or unhappiness with the mainstream media, Americans say that they are avoiding the news more than before.
Members of Congress factor what the public thinks into their decisions. But it's difficult to measure what the public is really thinking.
When the organization of a social network impacts political discussion on a large scale, the consequences can be enormous.
A person's political identity is wrapped up in almost everything they do. Exposure to opinions from the other side actually makes it worse.
A growing body of research points to the importance of one personality trait – intellectual humility – and how it influences our learning, relationships and worldview.
As Canada approaches its federal election, political pundits have been warning of a polarized war among Canadians. But a new survey tells a story of unity.
Facebook retired its 'Move fast and break things' slogan – perhaps because, as new research from Brazil confirms, democracy is among the things left broken by online misinformation and fake news.