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The Social Psychology of Gullibility

20th Sydney Symposium of Social Psychology

2-5 July, 2018, Visegrad, Hungary

Convened by
Joseph P. Forgas and Roy F. Baumeister

The conference seeks to bring together researchers who are interested in understanding what social psychology can contribute to our understanding of why people often tend believe and act on false and misleading information, form incorrect judgments, and misunderstand or misrepresent reality.

Several substantive areas of social psychology are highly relevant to this topic, including research on evolutionary influences, decision making processes, social influence processes, social motivation, political psychology, relationship processes, affective influences, economic psychology, dissonance mechanisms and interpersonal dynamics, as well as many others. As always the topic is broadly defined and we are interested in contribution from a wide variety of empirical and theoretical backgrounds that can contribute to understanding the social psychological reasons why gullibility remains such an important feature of our lives.