Carrie Figdor, The University of Iowa: "The Psychology of Trust and the Epistemology of Testimony”

November 10, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Senate Chamber, Old Capitol


When a society is characterized by a climate of distrust, how does this impact the practices of news journalism? I consider the practice of balance in particular and its relation to trust in the epistemology of testimony. Drawing on research in psychology and communication studies as well as philosophy, I articulate a model of how trust modulates the processing of testimonial evidence, and draw out its implications for practicing balance in a climate of distrust.