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Abuse on online social networks Language and impression formation on social networks


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Area of academic expertise - outline

My primary area of interest is online impression formation with a focus on social networks such a Facebook and Twitter. I am particularly interested in how the language users employ online influences the impressions viewers form of them, and how this may affect their employability. I am also actively engaged in psycholinguistic research, particularly how we read and process emotional language. I am competent in various experimental methodologies including eyetracking. 

Current research activities

I am currently focused on investigating how the contents of users' social networking profiles influence their online employability. I am carrying out both experimental studies manipulating online language use, and correlational studies using real-world data.

Desired research direction

I am interested in working with employers in different sectors to further investigate how social networks are used in hiring. I am also interested in using eyetracking methodology to investigate how motivation affects viewing patters when evaluating online stimuli.

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Research Output

Celebrity abuse on Twitter: the impact of tweet valence, volume of abuse, and dark triad personality factors on victim blaming and perceptions of severity

Scott, G. G., Brodie, Z. P., Wilson, M. J., Ivory, L., Hand, C. J. & Sereno, S. C., 29 Feb 2020, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 103, p. 109-119 11 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Does recent research evidence support the hyperpersonal model of online impression management?

    Scott, G. G. & Fullwood, C., 30 May 2020, In : Current Opinion in Psychology. 36, p. 106-111 6 p.

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  • Facebook reactions: how are they used and which personality factors predict their use?

    Scott, G. G., Conlon, L-J. & Wilson, C., 26 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : The Journal of Social Media in Society.

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  • Fear of missing out is associated with disrupted activities from receiving smartphone notifications and surface learning in college students

    Rozgonjuk, D., Elhai, J. D., Ryan, T. & Scott, G. G., 30 May 2019, In : Computers & Education. 140, 103590.

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