The SMOL Project

Image credits: Swati Vats for the SMOL project. The Social Media, Online behavior and Language project focuses on online human behavior and computer mediated communication. SMOL is also internet lingo for something that's small and cute. Founding member and PI: Dr. Kokil Jaidka, Assistant Professor, NUS Research Areas: The role of affordances in computer-mediated communication:... Continue Reading →

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The role of affordances in computer-mediated communication

What is it about? Social media sites encourage certain kinds of behavior by design. Through the use of observational data and experiments, this project examines how affordances can introduce different social norms that improve the health of online discussions. This project is a collaboration with Dr. Yphtach Lelkes at the Annenberg School for Communication, University... Continue Reading →

Tomorrow began yesterday

A study of the history of the universe tells us that if the universe's existence was shrunk into the size of an Earth-sized day, then humans are relatively only four seconds old. In the first zeptoseconds of these four seconds, one of our first inventions was a system to measure days, seasons, years, and our... Continue Reading →

The WikiTalkEdit dataset

This paper has had quite an adventure, and it finally has a home. The WikiTalkEdit dataset/paper tests whether the predictors of emotion change in a two-party conversation, are also predictors of behavioral change. The paper tests different language models and provide linguistic insights about the predictors of each kind of change. Inspired by a conversation... Continue Reading →

Social media’s role in the DC riots?

Comments written for the Channel News Asia, with inputs based on primary research from Dr. Saifuddin Ahmed Parts of the riot were planned online on Facebook etc - why wasn't anything done? This time the call for rioting came from the man himself, from a video posted to social media, so it's not necessary to... Continue Reading →

Trump and social media

written for Channel News Asia in October 2020 , with inputs and primary research results provided by Dr. Saifuddin Ahmed How would you describe President Trump's use of social media, has it done more harm than good? Social media is the core communication tool for Trump and the Trump White House. In fact, even since... Continue Reading →

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