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Trust and Communication: Foundations of Interconnectivity

Anil Jacob Kunnel

In today’s global and digitalized world, the investigation of relational trust as part of social connections has remained a popular and interdisciplinary academic topic. This book explores the idea of trust as a basic type of information processing that might be as old as human existence but has gained new attention with the emergence of online communication channels. The result is a strategic reconsideration of the brain’s role in the formation of social relationships and a new look at how information might shape our confidence in others.

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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

This project was funded as a doctoral dissertation by the Research Training Group 1712/1, “Trust and Communication in a Digitized World,” of the German Research Foundation (DFG). It was further financially supported by the Department of Communication at the University of Münster. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my advisor Thorsten Quandt for his support and mentorship. I would like to thank Jörg Becker, who, as a member of my thesis committee, allowed me to present my work in the field of information systems and information management, and Bernd Blöbaum, who initiated the research training group. I would like to thank Edward M. Levy for editing this book with nuance and clarity. My sincere thanks also go to my fellow doctoral researchers, who allowed me to explore the issues of trust and communication in new ways. In particular, I am grateful to Laura Badura, Bettina Distel, Yasmin Erenler, Sarah Fischer, Elisabeth Günther, Friederike Hendriks, Rachel Kowert, Ricarda Moll, Malte G. Schmidt, Franziska M. Thon, Christian Wiencierz, Florian Wintterlin, Christina Wohlers, and Nadja Zaynel for helping me shape the ideas that I have presented in this book.