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Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab

Department of Psychology

Steve Rathje is pursuing a PhD in Psychology at Trinity College, Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He previously studied Psychology and Symbolic Systems at Stanford University. He studies misinformation and political polarization on social media using computational and experimental methods.


Key publications: 

Rathje, S.; Hackel, L, Zaki, J (2021, in Press). Attending live theatre improves empathy, changes attitudes, and leads to pro-social behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Van Bavel, J. J., Harris, E. A., Pärnamets, P., Rathje, S., Doell, K. C., & Tucker, J. A. (2021). Political psychology in the digital (mis) information age: A model of news belief and sharing. Social Issues and Policy Review15(1), 84-113.

Fong, A., Roozenbeek, J., Goldwert, D., Rathje, S., & van der Linden, S. (2021, in Press). The language of conspiracy: A psychological analysis of speech used by conspiracy theorists and their followers on Twitter. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Van der Linden, S, Roozenbeek, J, Basol, M, Kacha, O, Martins, R, Rathje, S, Traberg, C (2021, in press). The Psychology of Fake News: A New Field and Research Agenda. Spanish Journal of Social Psychology.

Other publications: 

The power of framing: it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it (2017). The Guardian. Link:

Metaphors can change our opinions in ways we don’t even realize (2018). Quartz. Link:

Why People Ignore Facts (2018). Psychology Today.

Teaching and Supervisions


PBS7: Applied Behavioural Insights

PhD Candidate

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