10. - 12. April 2017 Thurgau experimental economics meeting (theem)
Biased Beliefs: Cognitive Limitations and Preferences over Beliefs
People often fail to update beliefs accurately. Inaccurate belief updating may be driven by cognitive limitations or a preference for having certain beliefs, or both. Cognitive limitations typically lead to miscalculation or heuristic shortcuts which might explain phenomena like social projection or correlation neglect. Preferences over beliefs may affect information search, the interpretation of information, and memory retrieval. This includes wishful thinking or the neglect of unpleasant information – all in order to hold the beliefs we like. We invite theoretical and empirical contributions addressing issues from this spectrum of topics and look forward to your submissions.