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Deception and Trust in a Post-Truth World

Jeff Hancock
Professor, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Stanford University


Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

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How is the rewiring of communication in the network age changing how we deceive and trust one another? How can we trust that news story, or a hotel’s online review, or that text message about someone being on their way? In this talk we’ll go over how principles from psychology and communication intersect deception and trust with technology. We’ll cover the state-of-the-art in deception detection research, explore some new forms of deception and discuss concerns of a post-truth society, and examine how different technologies affect both how we lie and trust online. The talk reveals several key principles that can guide how we can think about truth and trust on the Internet.

Speaker's Bio

Jeff Hancock studies psychological and interpersonal processes in social media. His team specializes in using computational linguistics and experiments to understand how the words we use can reveal psychological and social dynamics, such as deception and trust, emotional dynamics, intimacy and relationships, and social support. His work on lying and technology has been featured in the popular press, including The New York Times, CNN, NPR, CBS, and the BBC, and his TED talk has been watched over one million times.

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