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Hugo Mercier (CNRS, Paris)
Hugo Mercier (CNRS, Paris)

Tue, 11 Jul


Online Lecture

Hugo Mercier (CNRS, Paris)

Hugo Mercier is a Senior Research Scientist at the Institut Jean Nicod. His work focuses on two main topics: the function and workings of reasoning and how we evaluate communicated information.


11 Jul 2023, 16:00 – 18:00 CEST

Online Lecture



Not born Yesterday: Why Humans Are Less Gullible than We Think


It is often thought that humans are gullible, easily manipulated by demagogues, advertisers, and politicians. I will argue that the opposite is true: humans are equipped with a set of psychological mechanisms that allow them to properly evaluate communicated information, and to reject information that is false or harmful. I will rely on experimental psychology data, as well as studies showing the failures of mass persuasion, from Nazi propaganda to American presidential campaigns. I will also suggest that, when people do accept false beliefs, they often do so only in a superficial manner.

Zoom meeting ID: 614 8076 0079

Zoom passcode: CEN23

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