Drawing from statistical physics and cognitive and social psychology, we are examining how beliefs and behaviors change in diverse social networks.
We know that our beliefs and behaviors are influenced by other people. But it’s difficult to model these social influence processes quantitatively in a way that preserves important real-world details. By pairing simple models from statistical physics with findings from cognitive and social psychology of humans and other animals, Mirta Galesic wants to learn more about belief dynamics in our messy social worlds. These models help us understand changes in beliefs and behaviors in diverse social networks.