Social robots as media

We propose a novel robot-as-media theoretical framework for understanding how people perceive robots. We have explored media characteristics, personality and psychological dimensions and social contexts for images of social robots derived from published research over the last decade.

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Folk theory of cyber-social systems

The Stanford Social Media Lab is interested in identifying people’s folk theory of cyber-social systems and the effects folk theories have on people’s behavior (e.g., how people engage in self-presentation, how people self-disclose) within these systems.

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Truth, trust, and technology

We investigate how people lie and detect deception with technology. Our research suggests that lies are not more prevalent online than offline (see Guillory & Hancock, 2012; Markowitz & Hancock, 2016), but instead, deception is represented differently when technology is involved.

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Fake news and language

This project revolves around fake news, discusses the differences between distorted/ dishonest misinformation and blatantly deceptive news, and investigates language features of dishonest political news articles from the psychological aspects.

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Language and social dynamics

What do words suggest about people and their experiences? We use language as a lens into psychological events and social interactions. Our approach uses computational tools to gather and examine language data, from online reviews to science papers.

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Meta-analysis

The Stanford Social Media Lab is working on a large-scale meta-analysis to understand what is the effect of social media use and well-being across the literature, as well as understand how the effect differs across methodologies, platform of study, and social  media behavior.

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Disclosure to conversational agents

Disclosure, or revealing personal information about oneself, has been found to lead to a wide range of benefits, including increased psychological and physical health. Currently, we are investigating what occurs when disclosing in such a way to a form of technology, rather than to another person.

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Technology’s role in mental health crisis recognition and intervention

Technology plays a prominent role in how people access and understand their own health. The Social media lab conducts studies on the role of conversational agents in recognizing and responding to health crises such as self harm or sexual violence.

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