Pluralistic ignorance: a trade-off between group-conformity and cognitive dissonance

Fatima Seeme, David Green, Carlo Kopp

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Interactions within groups of people lead to many forms of aberrant social psychology. One is pluralistic ignorance (PI), in which the majority of people in a group express opinions that differ from their real beliefs. PI occurs for various reasons: one is the drive to belong to a group. To understand how PI emerges, this study presents an agent-based model that represents PI as the outcome of the trade-off between agents’ group conformity and cognitive dissonance (psychological discomfort). We show that the trade-off can lead to various outcomes, depending on agents’ choice, or bias towards one tendency or the other.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeural Information Processing
Subtitle of host publication26th International Conference, ICONIP 2019 Sydney, NSW, Australia, December 12–15, 2019 Proceedings, Part III
EditorsTom Gedeon, Kok Wai Wong, Minho Lee
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783030367114
ISBN (Print)9783030367107
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Conference on Neural Information Processing 2019 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 12 Dec 201915 Dec 2019
Conference number: 26th

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Neural Information Processing 2019
Abbreviated titleICONIP 2019
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  • Cognitive dissonance
  • Group conformity
  • Pluralistic ignorance

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