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Rumor clustering, consensus, and polarization: Dynamic social impact and self-organization of hearsay

Difonzo, Nicholas; Bourgeois, Martin J; Suls, Jerry; Homan, Christopher; Stupak, Noah; Brooks, Bernard P; Ross, David S; Bordia, Prashant


The "bottom-up" self-organization of shared sense-making and group decision-making through rumor (unverified information statements in circulation) was investigated in two computer-mediated laboratory experiments on the effects of network clustering (i.e., structural "cliquishness"). Participants in 27 (Study 1) and 33 (Study 2) 16-person laboratory-created networks at three institutions discussed ambiguous situations (e.g., "a professor was found dead") and then chose one of four possible...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2012.12.010


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