Collective intelligence and a deliberative democratic system rest on the shoulders of a public free access to unbiased and diverse information. Social media has become a source of news and an important factor in opinion-formation. However, social media is not a neutral terrain but can be a platform for political manipulation.

This project aims to understand the cognitive, socio-affective, and neurobiological factors impacting our judgement of and response to information.This can conclude to behavioural recommendations that empower us to protect ourselves from manipulation and disinformation, and a targeted design of interventions to prevent their spread and the effective allocation of resources to protect those most vulnerable.


Paper (aiming for Communication, Nature Human Behavior or similar)

Project Partners:

  • ETH Zurich (ETHZ), Elisabeth Stockinger
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Riccardo Gallotti

Primary Contact: Elisabeth Stockinger, ETH Zurich