Submissions/Cognitive biases in wiki communities

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Submission no. 1019
Title of the submission
Cognitive biases in wiki communities
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Martin Poulter
E-mail address
Country of origin
United Kingdom
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Employed by the University of Bristol but not speaking for anyone in any official capacity
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

The massive research literature on human judgement and decision-making has given us terms like confirmation bias, cognitive dissonance, and attribution error. This short talk looks at some psychological biases and errors that can obstruct collaborative work of the type we do in Wikimedia. It assesses how well community policies and processes compensate for or minimise those biases. Some aspects of wiki collaboration minimise common biases, while other features make those biases more of a problem. I want to get the audience thinking in a concrete way about how these biases could be made less damaging.

WikiCulture & Community
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
20 minutes including questions
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  6. Raystorm (talk) 14:51, 19 May 2014 (UTC) Intrigued.[reply]
  7. --Daniele Pugliesi (talk) 11:09, 8 August 2014 (UTC) Please leave a message on my discussion page whether the date and time of this course will be decided. Thanks.[reply]
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