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    How communication can make voters choose less well

    Hahn, Ulrike and von Sydow, M. and Merdes, C. (2018) How communication can make voters choose less well. Topics in Cognitive Science 11 (1), pp. 194-206. ISSN 1756-8765.

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    With the advent of social media, the last decade has seen profound changes to the way people receive infor- mation. This has fueled debate about the ways (if any) changes to the nature of our information networks might be affecting voters’ beliefs about the world, voting results, and, ultimately, democracy. At the same time, much discussion in the public arena in recent years has concerned the notion that ill-informed voters have been voting against their own self-interest. The research reported here brings these two strands together: simulations involv- ing agent-based models, interpreted through the formal framework of Condorcet’s (1785) Jury Theorem, demonstrate how changes to information networks may make voter error more likely even though individual competence has largely remained unchanged.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Cognition, Computation and Modelling, Centre for
    Depositing User: Ulrike Hahn
    Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2019 12:58
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:51


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