Congratulations to Miles Hewstone and John Gallacher, whose proposal has been chosen from a field of more than 230 worldwide to work with Twitter on improving the collective health, openness and civility of dialogue on the platform.
Together with Marc Heerdink (University of Amsterdam) they will be examining how people use Twitter, and how exposure to a variety of perspectives and backgrounds can decrease prejudice and discrimination.
We’re very excited about the opportunity to work with Twitter on investigating the important social challenges of a digitally connected world. Evidence from social psychology has shown how communication between people from different backgrounds is one of the best ways to decrease prejudice and discrimination. We’re aiming to investigate how this understanding can be used to measure the health of conversations on Twitter, and whether the effects of positive online interaction carry across to the offline world.” Professor Miles Hewstone