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Broadly, my research looks at how people make sense of a complex world and the inherent tradeoffs of the strategies they use to do so. In particular, I examine the effects of acquiring information from external sources (i.e. the Internet) and other people (i.e. through argumentation). Relatedly, I am interested in how well people can assess their own explanatory knowledge. Why is it that people fail to realize the gaps in their own knowledge? I look at the ways in which education, memory, and emotional investment might help answer this question.