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This recently released report is based on survey data from communication on the day of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Two postdoctoral positions in computational social science are available with dual appointments at Northeastern and Harvard Universities, to work in the lab of David Lazer.  Candidates will be expected to work on a combination of their own research and collaborative proj

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Recent Publications

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...

Journal Article
Publication date: 06/2020

Agent-based models present an ideal tool for interrogating the dynamics of communication and...

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...

Journal Article
Publication date: 12/2019
Authors: David Lazer

The internet has become a popular resource to learn about health and to investigate one's own health...

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...

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

The spread of fake news on social media became a public concern in the United States after the 2016...

Publication date: 12/2018
Authors: Michael Neblo, Kevin Esterling, David Lazer

OPINION — At the end of the movie “The Candidate,” Robert Redford’s character wins a Senate seat, and then...