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Released: 1-Feb-2023 1:40 PM EST
War tourists fighting on a virtual front, since Ukraine-Russia war
University of Portsmouth

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, a new group of ‘war tourists’ has emerged - those who are fighting on a virtual front.

Released: 1-Feb-2023 11:05 AM EST
Pro-cannabis social media linked to youths’ intentions to use
Washington State University

Despite laws against advertising cannabis to teens, young people reported in surveys that they still see a lot of positive cannabis messages through social media posts.

Released: 26-Jan-2023 4:15 PM EST
Tweets reveal where in cities people express different emotions and other behavioral studies in the Behavioral Science channel

Below are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Behavioral Science channel on Newswise, a free source for journalists.

Released: 26-Jan-2023 11:00 AM EST
Attributing the rising costs of groceries to “price gouging” is not accurate

Is putting the blame on grocery store managers for your rising costs of orange juice accurate? It’s not quite that simple.

Released: 25-Jan-2023 3:15 PM EST
COVID-19 conspiracy theories that spread fastest focused on evil, secrecy
Washington State University

In the early pandemic, conspiracy theories that were shared the most on Twitter highlighted malicious purposes and secretive actions of supposed bad actors behind the crisis, according to an analysis of nearly 400,000 posts.

Released: 25-Jan-2023 3:00 PM EST
GW Study Links Offline Events to Spikes in Online Hate Speech
George Washington University

A new George Washington University study reveals that real world events are often followed by surges in several types of online hate speech on both fringe and mainstream social platforms.

Released: 25-Jan-2023 2:25 PM EST
Can online civic education strengthen democratic values?

A study published in the American Journal of Political Science shows that civic education interventions can work to increase support for democracy, and doing so in the social media context can reach many more people, with potentially much greater overall impact, than was previously the case.

Released: 17-Jan-2023 7:05 PM EST
Vaccination gets a boost when people know their neighbors are doing it
University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Just as a highly transmissible variant prompts officials to extend COVID-19 emergency status, one of the largest surveys ever conducted shows people are more willing to get vaccinated when health workers reveal how many others are doing so.

Released: 12-Jan-2023 9:00 AM EST
The Federal Government Is Not Going to Seize Your Gas Stove, but Environmental Health Concerns May Lead to Regulations

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a federal agency, is not currently considering a ban on gas stoves. Therefore the claim that the government is banning gas stoves or that they plan on seizing people’s stoves is false.

Released: 5-Jan-2023 9:35 AM EST
Masks still work to reduce the transmission of respiratory disease

As we dive deep into a new wave of COVID-19 infections this winter, the value of masking is back in public discourse.

Released: 21-Dec-2022 9:55 AM EST
Tis the season to manage stress: Winter holiday story ideas and expert commentary

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Winter Holidays channel on Newswise.

Released: 19-Dec-2022 1:50 PM EST
Differential response to corporate political advocacy and corporate social responsibility: implications for political polarization and radicalization
American Marketing Association (AMA)

Researchers from Cal Poly, Washington State University, and Claremont-McKenna Graduate School published a new Journal of Public Policy & Marketing (JPP&M) article finding that companies who engage in political advocacy experience lower sentiment on social media, lower brand attitudes and purchase intentions overall, and that these effects are driven by consumers lower in political efficacy, who lack faith in political institutions to represent them effectively.

Released: 13-Dec-2022 7:35 PM EST
Social media engagement style may be linked with perceived social connectedness – new research
Aston University

Researchers at Aston University have developed anew experimental task, involving a mock social networking site, which grouped people into three distinct styles of social media use—passive, reactive and interactive.

Newswise: On the Frontlines of COVID-19: Mercy’s Dr. Wilma Rowe and Jessica Hagner, PA-C, Featured Guests on “Medoscopy”
Released: 13-Dec-2022 12:30 PM EST
On the Frontlines of COVID-19: Mercy’s Dr. Wilma Rowe and Jessica Hagner, PA-C, Featured Guests on “Medoscopy”
Mercy Medical Center

Wilma A. Rowe, M.D., Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer with Mercy Medical Center, and Mercy physician assistant Jessica Hagner, PA-C, are the guests for the hospital’s talk show series, “Medoscopy,” airing on Facebook Watch, Wed.-Thurs., Dec. 28th and 29th at 5:30 p.m. EST (www.facebook.com/MercyMedicalCenter).

Newswise: Rutgers School of Public Health is Leaving Twitter
Released: 6-Dec-2022 11:40 AM EST
Rutgers School of Public Health is Leaving Twitter
Rutgers School of Public Health

As a school that espouses zero tolerance for harassment and discrimination, the Rutgers School of Public Health has made the decision to leave Twitter based on recent events.

Released: 5-Dec-2022 7:50 PM EST
New Report Outlines Science-Based Standards to Help Middle Schoolers Thrive Online
University of Oregon

Researchers explain why 10 to 13 is a critical age to support youth in their use of tech–and what tech companies can do to improve wellbeing and online safety for middle-school-aged youth.

Released: 5-Dec-2022 4:05 PM EST
We ain't misbehavin' here. The latest news in Behavioral Science on Newswise

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Behavioral Science channel on Newswise, a free source for journalists.

Newswise: The undying holiday-suicide myth
Released: 5-Dec-2022 11:30 AM EST
The undying holiday-suicide myth
Annenberg Public Policy Center

The holiday-suicide myth, the false claim that the suicide rate rises during the year-end holiday season, persisted in some news coverage through the 2021-22 holidays, according to U.S. media data collected and analyzed by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania.

Newswise: Who's really driving conversations on social media?
Released: 30-Nov-2022 3:00 PM EST
Who's really driving conversations on social media?
Brigham Young University

Log on to your favorite social media site and you’re likely to see a slew of posts and opinions on controversial topics like social justice, immigration, and corrupt elections.

Released: 29-Nov-2022 10:35 AM EST
What Drives Conspiracy Theories on Twitter?
American Sociological Association (ASA)

New research from sociologists gets at a deeper understanding of what drives social media users to adopt and propagate conspiracy theories.

Released: 28-Nov-2022 6:55 PM EST
Positive media coverage of cannabis studies regardless of therapeutic effect
Karolinska Institute

In cannabis trials against pain, people who take placebos report feeling largely the same level of pain relief as those who consume the active cannabinoid substance.

Newswise: Just 17 minutes of YouTube videos can drive down prejudice, study reveals
Released: 22-Nov-2022 6:50 PM EST
Just 17 minutes of YouTube videos can drive down prejudice, study reveals
University of Essex

Watching just 17 minutes of YouTubers talking about their struggles with mental health drives down prejudice, University of Essex research has suggested.

Newswise: FSU expert: Business professor available to discuss impact of workforce changes at Twitter
Released: 22-Nov-2022 5:50 PM EST
FSU expert: Business professor available to discuss impact of workforce changes at Twitter
Florida State University

By: Samuel Manley, Jasmine Hur | Published: November 22, 2022 | 2:53 pm | SHARE: For several weeks, Twitter has been in the news amid billionaire Elon Musk’s takeover. Mass layoffs and resignations have been reported following Musk’s acquisition of the company.The reports prompted many Twitter users to suggest that the social media platform could cease to exist in the future.

Newswise: The Interplay Between Epidemics, Prevention Information, and Mass Media
16-Nov-2022 10:25 AM EST
The Interplay Between Epidemics, Prevention Information, and Mass Media
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

When an epidemic strikes, more than just infections spread. As cases mount, information about the disease, how to spot it, and how to prevent it propagates rapidly among people in affected areas as well.

Newswise: Altmetric Badges added to Oxford University Press online books
Released: 22-Nov-2022 9:30 AM EST
Altmetric Badges added to Oxford University Press online books
Digital Science and Research Solutions Ltd

The distinctive Altmetric Badge is now being added to Oxford University Press (OUP) book content, updating in real-time to reflect attention given to OUP books and book chapters from sources including news media, social media, and policy documents.

Released: 21-Nov-2022 11:30 AM EST
CPR mannikins used in instructive social media posts lack diversity, influencing patient outcomes and disparities in training and care

Investigators found that there is a marked lack of diversity in the mannikins depicted by public social media accounts of organizations that administer cardiopulmonary (CPR) education. Less than 10% represented Black or Asian individuals and none represented pregnant women.

Released: 17-Nov-2022 8:05 AM EST
Musk's Twitter ownership is more complicated than he might have anticipated, U-M expert says
University of Michigan

Business owner Elon Musk's purchase and overhaul of Twitter since October has raised more questions about the social media platform's future.

11-Nov-2022 11:05 PM EST
Teens Who Perceive Their Friends Posting Drinking-Related Content Online Report Higher Recent Alcohol Use — But Their Perceptions of Peers are Inaccurate
Research Society on Alcoholism

Teens who perceived their friends posted alcohol-related content on social media reported drinking more than those who weren’t exposed to such posts, a new study has found. In addition, adolescents overestimated the frequency of their peers’ alcohol-related posts online, a misperception that potentially shaped their drinking. Perceptions of peers’ alcohol use, even if inaccurate, generate a social norm — a standard that tends to guide human behavior. Adolescents are especially susceptible to peer influence. Previous research has highlighted teens’ exaggerated perceptions of peers’ drinking in raising the risk for their alcohol use. Social media may amplify this effect, with its unique features (“likes” and sharing) that potentially create the illusion of widespread drinking. A discrepancy between a teen’s own alcohol-related posting and their perception of peers’ posting may be linked to an increased willingness to drink, but the issue is under-researched. The new study, in Alcoholism:

Newswise: New research on identity cues in social media shows it’s not just what is said but who says it that matters
Released: 10-Nov-2022 6:10 PM EST
New research on identity cues in social media shows it’s not just what is said but who says it that matters
Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

One of the first and most controversial policy changes Elon Musk proposed after taking the helm at Twitter last week, was to overhaul Twitter’s verification and identity systems by making users pay for Twitter’s blue verification checks.

Released: 8-Nov-2022 7:50 PM EST
Digital marketing of formula milk linked to unhealthy parental feeding practices

Digital marketing of formula milk and commercial baby foods is linked to unhealthy parental feeding practices, suggests research published in the open access journal BMJ Global Health.

Released: 7-Nov-2022 7:40 PM EST
Americans more likely to share COVID-19 misinformation online
Simon Fraser University

People living in the United States are more than three times more likely to share misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 than people in four other English-speaking countries, including Canada, a Simon Fraser University study has found.

7-Nov-2022 1:05 AM EST
New international study concludes digital media can fuel polarisation and populism
University of Bristol

A team of international researchers has carried out a comprehensive review of hundreds of studies globally, the biggest of its kind, exploring whether digital media erodes democracy and found that while social media is not exclusively bad, it can certainly fuel starkly conflicting views, populism, and political mistrust especially in established democracies.

Newswise: DNA’ Podcast Hosts Two Climate and Health Twitter Spaces Chats
Released: 4-Nov-2022 10:10 AM EDT
DNA’ Podcast Hosts Two Climate and Health Twitter Spaces Chats
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt Health is hosting spin-off live chat episodes of its award-winning podcast series, “DNA: Discoveries in Action,” on Twitter Spaces. These live chats will explore how climate change is impacting well-being and how listeners can boost their climate literacy and action.

Released: 3-Nov-2022 12:20 PM EDT
MSU Research: Disconnection, Not Teens’ Screen Time, Is the Problem
Michigan State University

While many parents and caregivers believe teens spend too much time on smartphones, video games and social media, a Michigan State University researcher says not to worry about screen time.

Released: 2-Nov-2022 12:40 PM EDT
Teens with COVID-19 Knowledge Reported Better Well-Being
Washington State University

A pandemic survey found that adolescents who answered more COVID-19 test questions correctly also reported lower stress, anxiety and depression as well as lower loneliness and fear of missing out, also known as FOMO.

Released: 2-Nov-2022 9:00 AM EDT
Study: Schools’ Social Media Posts May Be Compromising Student Privacy
American Educational Research Association (AERA)

U.S. schools and school districts have shared an estimated 4.9 million posts that include identifiable images of students on public Facebook pages, unintentionally putting student privacy at risk, according to a new study.

Released: 31-Oct-2022 1:45 PM EDT
Female Politicians Disadvantaged by Online Prejudices and Stereotypes
University of Copenhagen

Studies of Reddit content demonstrate that female politicians are more likely to be referred to by their first names and language describing appearance and family relationships.

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