It’s the network, stupid: study offers fresh insight into why we’re so divided (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: It’s the network, stupid: study offers fresh insight into why we’re so divided . “Social perception bias is best defined as the all-too-human tendency to assume that everyone else holds the same opinions and values as we do. That bias might, for instance, lead us to over- or under-estimate the size and influence of an opposing group. It tends to be especially pronounced when it comes to contentious polarizing issues like race, gun control, abortion, or national elections.”

Phys.org: Researchers test ‘social contagion’ in laboratory setting

Phys.org: Researchers test ‘social contagion’ in laboratory setting . “Social contagion describes the propagation of beliefs, evaluations and attitudes through a network of people. It’s well understood that political beliefs, emotional attitudes and opinions are contagious within a network, but the precise mechanisms and dynamics are not well understood for two reasons: the complexity of network structures, and the behavioral processes that operate within the network.”