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Otto Simonsson
Otto Simonsson
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Healthy Minds

Otto is a postdoctoral research associate working with Simon Goldberg and Richard Davidson. He is broadly interested in the spread of meditation in society and its effects on democracy. More specifically, he investigates the prevalence of meditation use in different countries and the effects of mindfulness-based and kindness-based interventions on affective polarization and other political intergroup biases.


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Oxford (UK)

M.A., International Law, School of Oriental and African Studies (UK)

B.A., International Relations, University of Birmingham (UK)