Interview: David Rand Examines the Psychology of Fake News
Thinkers50 Radar 2023 LinkedIn Live Interview
MIT IDE Research lead David Rand was featured on a webcast hosted by Thinkers50 on May 17. The interview examined misinformation and how “us and them thinking” in a world of viral social media has changed the concepts of trust and altruism.
Bridging the fields of cognitive science, behavioral economics, and social psychology, Rand’s research combines behavioral experiments run online and in the field with mathematical and computational models to understand people’s attitudes, beliefs, and choices. Rand’s work focuses on illuminating why people believe and share misinformation and ‘fake news,’ understanding political psychology and polarization, and promoting human cooperation.
WATCH the broadcast here