M.B. Fallin Hunzaker

PhD Candidate in Sociology at Duke University

My research examines how cognitive biases shape the information people share in communication, and how this influences cultural stability and change.

My dissertation investigates how cultural schemas (sets of shared cognitive associations) about poverty and unemployment are reproduced through systematic biases in information transmission.

In my work, I also develop new, online data-collection-based approaches for measuring cultural schemas and cultural bias in information transmission, using experiments, text analysis, and network methods.