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Briony Swire-Thompson has won a Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from the NIH National Cancer Institute. The objective of this five year award is to help researchers transition to an independent position.

David Lazer, University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer Sciences and Co-Director of NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, was interviewed by Bloomberg on the upcoming 2022 midterm elections and how the influence of the former President

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Recent Publications

Publication date: 07/2021
Authors: Briony Swire Thompson, Nicholas Miklaucic, John Wihbey, David Lazer, Joseph DeGutis

The backfire effect is when a correction increases belief in the very misconception it is attempting...

Journal Article
Publication date: 07/2021
Authors: Jonathan Green, Meredith Conroy, Ciera Hammond

Patterns in candidate emergence affect who voters can choose from, and thus the quality of representative democracy. Despite extensive work...

Working Paper
Publication date: 07/2021
Authors: Jonathan Green, William Hobbs, Stefan McCabe, David Lazer

Following the 2020 general election, Republican elected officials, including then-President Donald Trump, promoted conspiracy theories claiming...

Journal Article
Publication date: 06/2021
Authors: David Lazer, Eszter Hargittai, Deen Freelon, Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Kevin Munger, Katherine Ognyanova, Jason Radford

Science rarely proceeds beyond what scientists can observe and measure, and sometimes what can be observed proceeds far ahead of scientific...

Journal Article
Publication date: 12/2020
Authors: Irene V. Pasquetto, Briony Swire Thompson, Michelle A. Amazeen, Fabricio Benevenuto, Nadia M. Brashier, Robert M. Bond, Lia C. Bozarth, Ceren Budak, Ullrich K. H. Ecker, Lisa K. Fazio, Emilio Ferrara, Andrew J. Flanagin, Alessandro Flammini, Deen Freelon, Nir Grinberg, Ralph Hertwig, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Kenny Joseph, Jason J. Jones, R. Kelly Garrett, Daniel Kreiss, Shannon McGregor, Jasmine McNealy, Drew Margolin, Alice Marwick, Filippo Menczer, Miriam J. Metzger, Seungahn Nah, Stephan Lewandowsky, Philipp Lorenz-Spreen, Pablo Ortellado, Gordon Pennycook, Ethan Porter, David G. Rand, Ronald Robertson, Francesca Tripodi, Soroush Vosoughi, Chris Vargo, Onur Varul, Brian E. Weeks, John Wihbey, Thomas J. Wood, Kai-Cheng Yang

Social media platforms rarely provide data to misinformation researchers. This is problematic as platforms play a major role in the...

Journal Article
Publication date: 09/2020
Authors: Briony Swire Thompson, Joe DeGutis, David Lazer

One of the most concerning notions for science communicators, fact-checkers, and advocates of truth, is the backfire effect; this is when a...

Journal Article
Publication date: 06/2020
Authors: Sarah Shugars

Agent-based models present an ideal tool for interrogating the dynamics of communication and exchange. Such models allow individual aspects of...

Journal Article
Publication date: 05/2020
Authors: Jason Radford, Kenny Joseph

Research at the intersection of machine learning and the social sciences has provided critical new insights into social behavior. At the same time...