Mirta Galesic Ph.D.

Mirta Galesic, Ph.D., is the Cowan Chair of Human Social Dynamics at the Santa Fe Institute and an associate researcher at the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. 

A cognitive scientist, she studies how simple cognitive mechanisms interact with the external environment to produce seemingly complex social phenomena — how our decisions are influenced by our network of friends, how groups make collective decisions, and how beliefs about science and politics emerge and change, to name a few. By pairing simple models from statistical physics with findings from cognitive and social psychology, Galesic is learning how our beliefs and behaviors change in diverse social networks, and how people cope with the uncertainty and complexity inherent in everyday decisions.

Author of

Our Networks, Our Selves

How our friends shape our thinking. Read now.