Division and Common Ground in the U.S., Part 1 – with Samantha Moore-Berg

In this episode of Notes from America, social psychologist Dr. Samantha Moore-Berg will discuss what might cause division in the United States and beyond, how accepting division can lead to a breakdown in democracy, and what helps people find common ground. This is part 1 of a 4 part series about division and common ground in the U.S.


Dr. Samantha Moore Berg – social psychologist and researcher at the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania

Useful links:

You’ll find links to Samantha Moore-Berg’s research about topics like metaperceptions or prejudice and discrimination interventions on her website:

What does the divide between Republicans and Democrats look like? Beyond Conflict’s report “America’s Divided Mind” gives some (visual) clues:

Samantha Moore-Berg, Boaz Hameiri, Emile Bruneau: The prime psychological suspects of toxic political polarization.

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