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InfoStorms – The hardwiring of psychological biases in social information processing – iNudgeyou

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The hypothesis of InfoStorms is that modern information technologies are bound to magnify and amplify phenomena for which biased individual and social information processes threaten to distort truth, making us more vulnerable to err than ever before, and on a much larger scale. Informational cascades, pluralistic ignorance, and group polarization – these are all well known phenomena to social psychologists arising from the combination of psychological biases and heuristics in social information processing.

In my new book InfoStorms, written together with Vincent F. Hendricks (Prof. of formal philosophy, University of Copenhagen), we explore how modern information technologies may amplify and magnify these phenomena making us more vulnerable to err than ever, and on a much larger scale. Basically, it’s a book about how hardwired socio-technological ‘rules of thumb’ crafted out of necessity to deal with information overload sometimes bias our individual and social decision-making to the extend where the individual as well as societal impact may become dangerous. Let’s take an example.

 
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