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    Individuals, collectives, and individuals in collectives: the in-eliminable role of dependence

    Hahn, Ulrike (2023) Individuals, collectives, and individuals in collectives: the in-eliminable role of dependence. Perspectives on Psychological Science , ISSN 1745-6916.

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    Abstract

    Our beliefs are inextricably shaped through communication with others. Furthermore, even conversation we conduct in pairs, may itself be taking place across a wider, connected, social network. Our communication, and with that our thoughts, are consequently typically those of individuals in collectives. This has fundamental consequences with respect to how these beliefs are shaped. This paper examines the role of dependence on our beliefs and seeks to demonstrate its importance with respect to key phenomena involving collectives that have been taken to indicate irrationality. The paper argues that (with the benefit of hindsight) these phenomena no longer seem surprising when one considers the multiple dependencies that govern information acquisition and evaluation of cognitive agents in their normal, that is, social context.

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    Item Type: Article
    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: 04 Sep 2023 13:40
    Last Modified: 21 Jan 2024 07:36
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/51764

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