Can I believe you? Perceptions of science communicators on Twitter when discussing politics

dc.contributor.advisorHart, Christian
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRosen, Lisa
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTerrizzi, John
dc.creatorBhakta, Neel
dc.date.accessioned2023-02-22T19:00:41Z
dc.date.available2023-02-22T19:00:41Z
dc.date.created2022-08
dc.date.issued2022-08-01T05:00:00.000Z
dc.date.submittedAug-22
dc.date.updated2023-02-22T19:00:42Z
dc.description.abstractMisinformation has become widespread across social media platforms like Twitter. This is due to the lack of fact checking on Twitter, poor media literacy, and lack of trust within the scientific community. Additionally, affective polarization has enhanced the distrust for science communicators from certain political parties by affecting perceptions of trustworthiness, competency and warmth. According to the Stereotype Content Model, warmth and competency are needed to gain trust. I hypothesize that science communicator political ideology will influence overall ratings, as well as the interaction of science communicator and participant political ideology. Several fictional Twitter profiles were created, belonging to one of five conditions: conservative, liberal, moderate, personal, and science. Results indicated perceptions of trustworthiness, competency, and warmth are affected by the political leaning of the science communicator. Participant political ideology also plays a role in forming impressions, with liberal participants rating conservative profiles as less trustworthy, and vice-versa.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11274/14440
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectScience communication
dc.subjectMisinformation
dc.subjectAffective polarization
dc.subjectImpression formation
dc.subjectTrustworthiness
dc.subjectWarmth
dc.subjectCompetency
dc.titleCan I believe you? Perceptions of science communicators on Twitter when discussing politics
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.collegeCollege of Arts and Sciences
thesis.degree.departmentPsychology and Philosophy
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Woman's University
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science

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