TAG ARCHIVES FOR social media

7
Apr2015

By Amy Davis, JD, MPH

Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and others have dramatically exposed new opportunities for conducting research and recruiting subjects. Although the application of these tools to the research enterprise has been cautious, they are used for a variety of purposes. Researchers are conducting observational studies of online behaviors and survey research; informing patient groups of relevant clinical trials; conducting community consultation in anticipation of emergency research (Stephens, et al.); locating subjects lost to follow up; and even designing studies through crowdsourcing public input. (Thompson) In [...] Read more

22
Oct2014

Elizabeth_Buchananby Elizabeth Buchanan, PhD, Endowed Chair in Ethics, University of Wisconsin-Stout

On Thursday, October 30, PRIM&R will host a webinar, The Future of Internet Research: What We Can Learn from the Facebook Emotional Contagion Study, which will explore the Facebook emotional contagion study and some of the questions that it raised related to internet and social media research. In advance of that webinar, we are sharing different perspectives on the controversy. Last week, PRIM&R’s executive director, Elisa A. Hurley, PhD, <[...] Read more

15
Oct2014

by Elisa A. Hurley, PhD, Executive Director

Much has been written in the past few months—pro and con—about the results of the Facebook emotional contagion study published in June in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study manipulated the News Feeds of 700,000 unknowing Facebook users for a week in January 2012 by adjusting Facebook’s existing algorithm to over-select for either more positive or more negative language in posts. At the end of the week, [...] Read more

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