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Monitor of the Beholder: Identification of Personal Characteristics in Online Text

  • Author / Creator
    Saleh, Jamal
  • Online communication has spread into myriad forms in the new millennium, providing more opportunity for misinformation and deceit. In this study, Web users were asked for their personal estimates of authorial age, gender, and veracity for several examples of Web media, as well as on what media elements the participants used to reach their estimates. In a follow-up study, these elements experimentally manipulated. These manipulations changed participant estimates of authorial age and gender, but not authorial veracity, suggesting that participants cannot accurately identify cues in Web content that indicate veracity. Poorly appraising Web media on its veracity is consistent with previous research, suggesting that Web users do not pay much attention to aspects of Web content that suggest the content is informative or honest – relevant to psychologists, educators, and Web content creators.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3V40K724
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Psychology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Varnhagen, Connie (Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Varnhagen, Connie (Psychology)
    • Engel, Maureen (Office of Interdisciplinary Studies)
    • Dawson, Michael (Psychology)
    • Westbury, Chris (Psychology)