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PhD Research Talks - Sakshi Ghai and Cecilie Steenbuch Traberg

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  • UserSakshi Ghai and Cecilie Steenbuch Traberg (University of Cambridge)
  • ClockWednesday 03 March 2021, 16:00-17:00
  • Housevia zoom .

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Sakshi Ghai: “Scoping Review: Examining the impact of smartphones in Global North versus Global South research contexts” Technologies like smartphones are becoming increasingly widespread around the world, indeed “more households in developing countries own a mobile phone than have access to electricity or clean water” (World Bank Development Report, 2016). While these emerging technologies can promote positive change, they are also exacerbating disparities in the Global South. High-quality behavioral science research has the potential to locate and address such changes. In this pre-registered scoping review, we investigate the cultural diversity of samples to gain critical insights into the impact of emerging technologies on different populations. How might a potential bias towards studying ‘WEIRD’ populations be affecting research outcomes? Could such a bias be inadvertently marginalizing perspectives of non-WEIRD populations, and mislead researchers into generalizing the impact of digital technologies from WEIRD populations onto populations that are inherently different? Our review provides a systematic perspective on the impact of such emerging technologies and how generalizable the current literature is. These analyses will provide important insights for intervention science which is increasingly operating in a digital world.

Cecilie Steenbuch Traberg: “Birds of a Feather Persuaded Together: Investigating the Effects of Political Source Congruence on Susceptibility and Resistance to (Mis)information” While misinformation poses one of the most pressing global threats to societal well-being, research has demonstrated that individuals can be inoculated against misinformation from fictitious sources. However, as source similarity increases likelihood of persuasion, this raises the question of whether individuals are more susceptible to misinformation from well-known, ideologically congruent sources, and if so, whether inoculation interventions are effective under such conditions. Across two experiments, we show that political congruence with news sources increases susceptibility to misinformation for both liberal and conservative participants, and that this effect is mediated by source credibility judgements. Despite this increase in susceptibility, we further demonstrate that the inoculation intervention, the Fake News Game, successfully reduces susceptibility to misinformation from politically congruent sources. These findings add to current understandings of source effects in the online news environment and provide evidence for inoculation as a strategy for reducing the influence of misinformation even from politically similar sources.

Both speakers are PhD students in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge

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