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Lecture at Atwater Library: Self-deception and social mediaWhy online manipulation works

May 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

- Free

Self-deception and social media

Why online manipulation works

 

WHEN: Friday, May 24

WHERE: Atwater Library Auditorium,

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

 

Jay Olson, McGill University

Politics in North America is becoming increasingly polarized, both online and offline. Liberals and conservatives now dislike each other more than they have for decades. Research has shown that even such core political attitudes can be manipulated. In one study, we approached participants at the 2016 presidential debate in New York to complete a survey rating Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. We then covertly manipulated their responses to make the majority of them neutral rather than favouring a single candidate. No participants noticed this manipulation; instead, most of them accepted and rationalized their manipulated positions. Our results underline a more general finding: people are often unaware of the factors that influence them, and these factors can strongly manipulate attitudes and behaviours. Social media presents a particularly fertile ground for influence: actions are public (inviting confabulation), information is targeted (increasing polarization), and influences are subtle (promoting self-deception). Unfortunately, as I will argue in this talk, knowledge of these influences does not make one immune to them.

Jay Olson, M.Sc., is a PhD Candidate in Psychiatry at McGill. Leveraging his background as a professional magician, he studies the subtle ways in which we deceive ourselves and others to influence attitudes and behaviour. He now focuses on how to use these subtle influences to promote well-being and healthy technology use.

Access to this event is free of charge, but advance registration is required.  Please send an email to dwane@qahn.org if you would like participate.

Details

Date:
May 24
Time:
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:

Organizer

QAHN – Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network
Phone:
1 (877) 964-0409
Email:
home@qahn.org
Website:
http://qahn.org/

Venue

Atwater Library
1200 Atwater Ave.
Westmount, Quebec H3Z 1X4 Canada
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Phone:
514-935-7344
Website:
http://www.atwaterlibrary.ca/

Details

Date:
May 24
Time:
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:

Organizer

QAHN – Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network
Phone:
1 (877) 964-0409
Email:
home@qahn.org
Website:
http://qahn.org/

Venue

Atwater Library
1200 Atwater Ave.
Westmount, Quebec H3Z 1X4 Canada
+ Google Map
Phone:
514-935-7344
Website:
http://www.atwaterlibrary.ca/