An investigation on the social and cognitive consequences of virtual communication

 By Franco Bagnoli   Introduction   Humans are social animals. Most of our actions are determined by the neighbouring environment, or, better, by what we perceive as our neighbouring environment. So, we act differently if we are aware of being observed with respect to the feeling of loneliness, and clearly this depends on our perception […]

Are we independent thinkers? Cognitive dissonance and its effect in virtual groups

  Authors: Altini Andrea, Biagioni Debora, Canosa Carlotta, Cassina Giulia, Duradoni Mirko, Fisico Alice   Introduction The ways humans beings behaves, thinks, and makes decisions isn’t always a rational way. Kurt Lewin’s Field Theory construct (1943) affirms that those aspects may be influenced by cognitive heuristics, which comes from both individual’s characteristics and external environment. […]

Science cafés as participatory tools

By Franco Bagnoli Hi. My name is Franco Bagnoli and I am a rather esoteric physicists working in the University of Florence (Italy). With my colleagues in the SciCafe2.0 project we are interested in a lot of (apparently) different subjects A science café is a conference in Alice’s wonderland, i.e., upside down. Instead of listening […]

Welcome to SciCafe 2.0 Blog– The European Observatory for Crowd-Sourcing

SciCafe2.0 will deploy different methodologies for participative engagement and crowd sourcing by way of experiments to evaluate approaches to widening and deepening the involvement of citizens in responding to social issues and in particular to co-evolve solutions to pressing societal challenges of our time. This will promote the sharing of the resulting insights as to […]

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