Homo Ignorans


Exploring When and Why People Neglect and Deliberately misinterpret Information, Special issue of the Journal of Economic Psychology; Deadline 28 Feb 2021

POSTING TYPE: Calls: Journals

Author: Kinga Barrafrem

Guest Editors: Gustav Tinghög (gustav.tinghog@liu.se), Kinga Barrafrem (kinga.barrafrem@liu.se),Daniel Västfjäll (daniel.vastfjall@liu.se)
Deadline: February 28, 2021

The Journal of Economic Psychology is inviting submissions for a special issue on the topic of Homo Ignorans. That is, empirical or theoretical work that advances our understanding of when and why people neglect and deliberately misinterpret information. People often choose not to know, even in situations where the costs of gaining more information are negligible and the potential benefits from good decision-making are large. The notion of humans as deliberately avoiding and neglecting information has been dubbed Homo Ignorans (“neglecting man”). Moreover people (including researchers) often use motivated reasoning to make sense information in a biased way to uphold certain beliefs about the state of the world.

For this special issue, we call for papers that can provide a better understanding of information neglect and motivated reasoning in decision making in a variety of domains such as behavioral ethics, financial behavior, and others. We encourage submissions that fall broadly into one of the following areas, but submissions on related topics will also be considered:

  • Information and decision avoidance
  • Motivated reasoning
  • Opportunity cost neglect and inattention to values in decision making
  • Prominence thinking
  • Fake news
  • Pseudo-profound bullshit
  • Individual and situational determinants of ignorance
  • Mechanisms behind ignorance; motivated reasoning as feelings vs. analysis
  • Nudging and boosting in relation to the topics above

Anyone with an interest in the issues detailed above is encouraged to submit a full paper to this special issue.

Submission link: https://www.editorialmanager.com/joep/default.aspx

The authoritative version of this call can be found here.