Thursday, December 19, 2019

Immune to influence

News Release 18-Dec-2019
University of Konstanz

A study published in the journal Vaccine provides the first rigorous look at how our attitudes towards vaccines (here: the flu vaccine) are shaped by online forces.



University of Konstanz researchers publish experimental study scrutinizing how vaccination arguments propagate in chains of people.

Study finds no evidence of "echo chambers": attitudes to flu vaccines did not become more extreme in groups of people who shared the same opinion.

Instead, people communicate only information that conforms to their prior attitudes.


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