This team has generated over $4,713,764 in grants and 94 publications thus far, including 2 books. Research topics include the Social Media TestDrive project, fact-checking dynamics on Reddit, diverse participation in online education, underestimating others' willingness to help, and encouraging bystander interventions on social media.
In June 2021, the Prosocial Project received a $1,197,740 National Science Foundation grant (Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE): Core Programs) for their project: “Deterring objectionable behavior and fostering emergent norms in social media conversations,” 9/21-8/25. The team includes 4 Prosocial team leaders/members--Drew Margolin (PI), Natalie Bazarova, Vanessa Bohns, Rene Kizilcec--and their former postdoc, Dominic DiFranzo.
About the Project
The capacity of digital technologies to facilitate both anti-social and prosocial behaviors has become a pressing challenge with significant science and policy implications. How do we stem the tide of negative interactions while actively promoting positive interaction? Understanding effective mechanisms for encouraging prosocial behavior in digital spheres requires disciplinary breadth and depth. To advance Cornell’s leadership in this area, the proposed set of studies links scholars with expertise across an array of topics, disciplines, and methodologies. It permits integration of existing work among scholars while simultaneously creating opportunities for new and innovative collaboration across campus. Our team’s expertise in knowledge transfer facilitates the integration of new research insights into practice and policy on and off campus.