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Psychologist Looks at How We Find Common Ground

When the fall semester begins, Garriy Shteynberg, associate professor of psychology, will lead a three-year study to examine how Americans’ social and political attitudes have grown more extreme over the past 20 years.

The project was awarded a $351,339 grant from the National Science Foundation in May and is expected to conclude in 2021.

The research is a collaboration among scientists who hold divergent views about how attitudes grow more extreme. In all, the research team will work together on 12 experiments—discussing every aspect of the study design, execution, and analysis with the goal of reaching a joint understanding of the results.

Read more about the study at news.utk.edu.