Join us as we will share insights from the Quello Center information seeking project, which examines the associations between information seeking from online and offline sources is associated with knowledge of dynamically evolving events. We use the Covid-19 pandemic as a case in point for a class of phenomena for which incomplete scientific information about the phenomenon interacts with misinformation and disinformation. How is reliance on different information sources associated with beliefs about the pandemic, knowledge about it, and behavioral intentions to engage in precautionary measures? We will present multiple theoretical and empirical models and discuss how they can contribute complementary insights and deepen our understanding of complex phenomena. This approach shows the strengths, but also the limitations and risks of applying more narrowly construed analytical strategies. Models use data from nationally representative surveys in the United States (N=2,250) and the United Kingdom (N=2,000) conducted late in 2020.
Speakers: Anna Argyris (MSU), Johannes M. Bauer (Quello Center, MSU), Grant Blank (Oxford Internet Institute and University of Oxford), Shelia R. Cotten (Clemson University) Megan Knittel (MSU), Aziz Muqaddam (University of San Diego), Bianca C. Reisdorf (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), Craig T. Robertson (Reuters Institute, Oxford), Ruth Shillair (MSU)