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CIS Researchers Shedding Light on Social and Cognitive Dimensions of COVID-19 Pandemic

January 25, 2021

Faculty and students in the Department of Cognitive and Information Sciences have been leveraging the many tools of cognitive science to help understand and respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Assistant Professor Lace Padilla and colleagues received nearly $200,000 from the National Science Foundation to study how visualizations of pandemic uncertainty can shape personal risk judgments and behavior:

Associate Professor Paul Smaldino and colleagues received nearly $200,000 from the National Science Foundation to study the social transmission of behavioral responses to the COVID-19 pandemic:

Doctoral student Emilio Lobato, Assistant Professor Colin Holbrook, and Assistant Professor Lace Padilla have been conducting research on the relations between COVID-19 and misinformation, conspiracy theories, uncertainty visualization, and political ideology:

  • Lobato, E. J., Powell, M., Padilla, L. M., & Holbrook, C. (2020). Factors Predicting Willingness to Share COVID-19 Misinformation. Frontiers in psychology, 11. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.566108/full
  • van Mulukom, V., Pummerer, L., Alper, S., Bai, H.,Cavojova, V., Farias, J. E. M., Kay, C. S., Lazarevic, L. B., Lobato, E. J. C., Marinthe, G., Banani, I. P., Srol, J., & Zezelj, I. (under review). Antecedents and consequences of COVID-19 conspiracy theories: a rapid review of the evidence.
  • Samore, T., Fessler, D. M., Sparks, A. M., & Holbrook, C. (2020, August 8). Of Pathogens and Party Lines: Social Conservatism Positively Associates with COVID-19 Precautions among U.S. Democrats but not Republicans. https://psyarxiv.com/9zsvb/
  • Zhang, Y., Sun, Y., Padilla, L., Barua, S., Bertini, E., & Parker, A. G. (2021). Mapping the Landscape of COVID-19 Crisis Visualizations. arXiv:2101.04743. https://arxiv.org/abs/2101.04743