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Garriy_ShteynbergThe Scientist interviewed Garriy Shteynberg, assistant professor of psychology, for this story exploring ways through which emotions could be spread among people. His research has shown that emotional contagion is enhanced in group settings.

“One of the most important things as a human species is to communicate effectively,” Shteynberg told the publication. In order to do that, “we need cognitive mechanisms that give us a lot of common background knowledge.”