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Walter Quattrociocchi on the Infodemic and how disinformation spreads on different social media

Associate Professor Walter Quattrociocchi of the Sapienza University of Rome recently published a study called ‘The COVID-19 social media infodemic’. By analysing massive amounts of data on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Reddit and Gab, Quattrociocchi and his team assessed the global evolution of discourse for each platform and its users. For him understanding the social dynamics ...

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Professor Sylvain Sebert about Climate change & Health (exposome)

Professor Sylvain Sebert leads a multicultural team of researchers who study the life-course trajectories to unhealthy ageing via the alteration of cardio-metabolic functions at the Centre for Life Course Health Research of the University of Oulu, Finland. Sebert and his team combine various sources of data from the foetal period until old age through exciting collaborations with international ...

Pollution global Issue

A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Professor Martine Vrijheid about Climate change & Health (exposome)

Interview with Professor Martine Vrijheid, an environmental epidemiologist and head of the ISGlobal Childhood and Environment Programme. Her research focuses on the impact of environmental exposures on child health and development. Professor Vrijheid coordinated the Horizon 2020 funded HELIX (Human Early Life Exposome) project, spearheading the push for a more holistic exposome-based approach to studying ...

Pollution global Issue

A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Professor Roel Vermeulen about Climate change & Health (exposome)

Interview with Roel Vermeulen, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Exposome Science at Utrecht University and the University Medical Center Utrecht. He is also director of the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) and the Dutch consortium Exposome-NL, and project coordinator of the EXPANSE project which is part of the European Human Exposome Network. His scientific research focuses on ...

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Professor Arie Kruglanski about our need for cognitive closure during COVID-19

Cognitive closure, a scientist’s opinion Interview with Arie Kruglanski, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, and co-founder and senior investigator at the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism (START). How do our personal impressions, experiences and attitudes, related to the coronavirus pandemic, affect who we are ...

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Professor Barbara J. Sahakian about brain changes during COVID-19

Changing brains, a scientist’s opinion Interview with Professor Barbara J. Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, UK. How is the pandemic changing our brains, in situations when we haven’t contracted the virus itself? How is it impacting it both physically and psychologically, ...

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Professor John Drury about changes in social identity during COVID-19

Social identity and collective behaviour in mass emergencies, a scientist’s opinion Interview with John Drury, Professor of Social Psychology and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex, UK. How does our social identity change during mass emergencies and disasters, and in times of a pandemic such ...

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Dr. Bernardo Mateiro Gomes: “Don’t trust anyone who says that he or she knows everything and has no doubt”

Interview with Dr. Bernardo Mateiro Gomes, Public Health Doctor and Public Health Specific Training Advisor with an interest in Infectious Diseases, Mental Health and One Health. When you counter science or health misinformation, do you see yourself as a fact checker or more as a promoter of quality information? I prefer to be proactive and ...

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Joana Gonçalves de Sá: “Mitigate the misinformation pandemic by ‘vaccinating’ the susceptible individuals first.”

Joana Gonçalves de Sá is an Invited Associate Professor at the Physics Department of Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, and was the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant to study human behavior using the online spread of ’fake news’ as a model system. Disinformation and misinformation are not a new problem, so why did ...

Infodemic Exclusive Interviews Michael Butter

Michael Butter: “Education can help against conspiracy theories”

Michael Butter is Professor of American Studies at the University of Tübingen. He is the author of The Nature of Conspiracy Theories (Polity, 2020) and Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project Populism and Conspiracy Theory. This year you co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories along with Peter Knight. Can you talk about some of ...