Exploring Ignorance: Acquisition, Selection and Processing of Information

Please visit: Symposium Exploring Ignorance

And seeing ignorance is the curse of God, knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2


Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.

Gertrude Stein

May 18-20 2016


While acquiring, selecting and processing information is central to virtually all decisions studied in Economics, Political Science, Sociology and Psychology, the systematic study of information in decision-making today remains largely isolated within these disciplines. The aim of the symposium is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers to foster an exchange on the common insights and challenges regarding the role of information in decision-making processes. In particular, the symposium will highlight the individual and contextual determinants of different information processing strategies and research designs that allow identifying these in empirical applications.


Opening Speaker:

  • Prof. Urs Fischbacher (University of Konstanz)

Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Arthur Lupia (University of Michigan)
  • Prof. Gerd Gigerenzer (MPI for Human Development Berlin)