Survey data have long served as our central method for understanding the attitudes and behaviors of the public. Recently, however, some researchers have suggested that data from online social networking sites may be able to occupy this same space. In a number of projects, with multiple colleagues, I am working to identify the conditions under which these two very different sources of data might lead to similar conclusions.
- It’s not my consensus: Motivated reasoning and the sources of scientific illiteracy
- Negativity and Positivity Biases in Economic News Coverage: Traditional vs. Social Media
- Perceptions of health risks of cigarette smoking: A new measure reveals widespread misunderstanding
- Motivated Reasoning in Perceived Credibility of Public Opinion Polls
- Real-World Use and Self-Reported Health Outcomes of a Patient-Designed Do-it-Yourself Mobile Technology System for Diabetes: Lessons for Mobile Health