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Perspectives from AAPI, Black, Latino, and Native American community leaders on misinformation educational efforts

We illustrate how these recommendations can be put into practice through examples from workshops co-designed with a non-profit working on disinformation and media literacy.

To use or be used? The role of agency in social media use and well-being

Approaching social media use from the perspective of agency and intentionality allows us to better understand heterogeneous social media effects and to identify new ways of helping people benefit from these technologies.

Exposure to untrustworthy websites in the 2020 US election | In this Article, we investigate exposure to online misinformation during the 2020 election in a way that allows us to compare exposure in 2020 with 2016 directly (April 13, 2023)

Developing digital resilience: An educational intervention improves elementary students’ response to digital challenges |  In this study, we report on the results of an educational intervention that aimed to improve students’ ability to respond adaptively to these challenges - a concept we discuss as digital resilience (December 15, 2023)

A digital media literacy intervention for older adults improves resilience to fake news | Older adults are especially susceptible to fake news online, possibly because they are less digitally literate compared to younger individuals (April 9, 2022)

Age-Related Differences in Experiences With Social Distancing at the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Computational and Content Analytic Investigation of Natural Language From a Social Media Survey  | As COVID-19 poses different levels of threat to people of different ages, health communication regarding prevention measures such as social distancing and isolation may be strengthened by understanding the unique experiences of various age groups (June 1, 2021)

How Mis- And Disinformation Campaigns Online Kneecap Coronavirus Response, Kaiser Health News | Older Americans experience a “perfect storm,” Hancock said. “They’re more susceptible to the virus. They are targets of misinformation and online scams at a much higher rate." (June 30, 2020)

Political search media | In a recent and ongoing project on political search media, we collect and analyze data from search engines’ results pages for queries related to political issues (November 14, 2019)

Older Adults, Social Technologies and the Coronavirus Pandemic | A look at the faced by older adults in their use of digital media for social connection in the pandemic (November 20, 2019)

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 (March 17, 2017)

Truth, Trust and Technlogy | We investigate how people lie and detect deception with technology. Our research suggests that lies are not more prevalent online than offline (March 28, 2017)

Fake News and Language | This project revolves around fake news, discusses the differences between distorted/ dishonest misinformation and blatantly deceptive news (March 28, 2017)