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Maria Murumaa-Mengel, SALTO Participation & Information

STAY SHARP DURING ELECTIONS – How cognitive biases and media influence our decisions

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In this public YouTube Live webinar organised by SALTO Participation & Information, we will explore the vulnerabilities that lie in each and every one of us – our flawed perceptions of the world. Cognitive biases are used against us in information manipulation activities, such as propaganda and strategic disinformation. We can build our informational resilience by being aware of these vulnerabilities and training ourselves to double check our “gut feelings” and initial reactions to information we encounter. Our guest speaker Maria Murumaa-Mengel will discuss 15 propaganda techniques and the cognitive biases that they are built on, we will collaboratively seek examples and prepare our brains for the upcoming elections.

There will be a Q&A session in the second half of the webinar, during which the audience will get a chance to ask questions. If you have a specific question in mind already, feel free to send it our way by writing to We accept questions through email until May 22nd. During the event itself, audience can submit questions directly through the YouTube Live chat. The event will take place online from 15.00-16.15 (CET) / 16.00-17.15 (EEST) Please note that this event is fully public, so no registrations are necessary.

Additional Details

Other core Themes - Critical thinking, cognitive biases, elections, democratic participation, political participation, democracy

Online or Hybrid event - Yes

Number of participants - 1000

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