The Michigan Interactive and Social Computing group at UMSI will host doctoral student Sean Munson for a presentation on "Preferences & Nudges in Sociotechnical Systems."
Munson provided the following abstract of his talk:
"Every day, millions of people make decisions in digital environments or supported by software tools. Designers of sociotechnical systems influence the decisions people make, both intentionally and inadvertently, with their design decisions. In this talk, I will discuss my research on individual preferences and systems that deliberately nudge people to be their better selves. I will present, in detail, a study of people’s preferences for political opinion information — and efforts to nudge those preferences — which has shown the importance of individual differences in selective exposure theory. I will then given an overview of my current research platforms, designed to help people live healthier and happier lives, and my research questions and expected contributions."