Category Archives: Social Media

Dr. Misa Maruyama at CSCW 2017

HICHI alumna, Dr. Misa Maruyama, presented her paper, “Social Watching a Civic Broadcast: Understanding the Effects of Positive Feedback and Other Users’ Opinions,” in February at the 20th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW ’17) in Portland, Oregon.

Abstract: “People increasingly turn to social media to augment their broadcast viewing experience with a parallel stream of information and opinion. Known as “social watching,” the practice of integrating broadcast media and social media has become routine for many citizens tracking live events and breaking news. In a controlled laboratory study, we examined how interactivity and exposure to social media opinions influence a sense of community, attitudes and discussion elaboration. The results suggest that receiving positive feedback to social media posts instills a psychological sense of community in the poster, and this feeling of connectedness is related to greater elaboration of the civic social media discussion. Secondly, the study found support for conformity effects. The third contribution of this work is a better understanding of how the valence of others’ social media posts and the user’s posting activity influences cognitive elaboration of social media discussions during social watching in civic contexts.”

HICHI Study Highlighted in Journalist’s Resource

JR-logo-4a-flatJournalist’s Resource, a project of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center and the Carnegie-Knight Initiative, highlighted a HICHI Lab article in their December 3 post: “How Facebook influences Millennials’ politics.

Congratulations to authors Sara Douglas, Roxanne Raine, Mara Maruyama, Bryan Semaan, and Scott Robertson



Keynote at the Copenhagen Seminar on Computational Social Science

cbsScott Robertson will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 Copenhagen Seminar on Computational Social Science. The keynote title is “The Core of Data Science Is Human Science.” The seminar takes place on Dec. 4, 2014 at Copenhagen Business School. Other talks are by Sune Lehman, Luca Rossi, Michael Carl, Daniel Hardt, Sean Goggins, Nicolai Pogrebnyakov, and (HICHI alum) Ravi Vatrapu.