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Understanding Cognitive Processes Underlying Belief Polarization and Function-Learning: Experimental and Modeling Approaches

Said, Nadia

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The beliefs we hold not only influence how we seek out and perceive new information but also influence whether we take action and thus have far reaching impact on decision-making. The main goal of the present research is twofold: First, to contribute to the understanding of propagation and polarization of beliefs from a cognitive perspective by integrating experimental findings regarding confidence in climate change knowledge and cognitive modeling approaches into an agent-based belief model. Second, to outline how an implementation of a function-learning model in a cognitive architecture, based on two experiments, can contribute to a better understanding of cognitive processes underlying the understanding of non-linear functions.

Item Type: Dissertation
Supervisor: Funke, Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Joachim
Place of Publication: Heidelberg
Date of thesis defense: 4 December 2019
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2020 10:12
Date: 2019
Faculties / Institutes: The Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies > Institute of Psychology
Service facilities > Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing
Subjects: 150 Psychology
Controlled Keywords: cognitive modeling, belief polarization, non-linear processes, agent-based modeling, climate change, function-learning, ACT-R
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