GDP Graduate, Yan Jin, receives WhatsApp Misinformation and Social Science Research Award

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GDP Graduate, Yan Jin, receives WhatsApp Misinformation and Social Science Research Award

Yan Jin, a graduate of the 2016 OIBR Grantsmanship Development Program and a Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Grady College, was recently awarded an external grant from WhatsApp Research.

Yan Jin (Co-PI). “Misinformation Vulnerabilities among Elderly during Disease Outbreaks”. WhatsApp Research Awards for Social Science and Misinformation. $49,614.00. [PI: Santosh Vijaykumar, Northumbria University,UK; Other Co-PIs: Arun Nair, Health Systems Research India Initiative; Claudia Pagliari, University of Edinburgh; Venkat Chilukuri, Srishti Institute of Art,Design and Technology]
Summary: This study aims to identify the nature of, and find potential solutions to the kinds of vulnerabilities that misinformation imposes on older adults during infectious disease outbreaks with a demographic that is shown to be especially vulnerable to this problem. Situated in Bangalore, India, the study will comprise of two phases: formative research that will use automated social media analytics of news coverage to identify key themes of misinformation that spread during previous infectious disease outbreaks in India, and a factorial survey experiment to test how older adults and their children respond to different levels of misinformation presented in different information formats.
[Public announcement by WhatsApp Research Awards: https://www.whatsapp.com/research/awards/announcement/]