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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.

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Recent Publications

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...

Journal Article
Publication date: 12/2019
Authors: Briony Swire Thompson, David Lazer

The internet has become a popular resource to learn about health and to investigate one's own health condition. However, given the large amount of...

Conference Proceeding
Publication date: 07/2019
Authors: Kenny Joseph, Briony Swire Thompson, Hannah Masuga, Matthew A. Baum, David Lazer

Using both survey- and platform-based measures of support, we study how polarization manifests for 4,313 of President Donald Trump’s tweets since...

Journal Article
Publication date: 03/2019
Authors: Sarah Shugars, Nick Beauchamp

Individuals acquire increasingly more of their political information from social media, and ever more of that online time is spent in...

Journal Article
Publication date: 01/2019
Authors: Nir Grinberg, Kenny Joseph, Lisa Friedland, David Lazer, Briony Swire Thompson

The spread of fake news on social media became a public concern in the United States after the 2016 presidential election. We examined exposure to...