Computational Digital Psychology
January 2023 -- December 2026
SRF IRIS (Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems)
The project is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg.
Research Focus and Agenda
Person×Environment-interactions on cognitive processes and opinion formation, specifically in relation to the following topics:
- Intelligent systems’ role in the provision of politically relevant information, and its consumption/processing by different individuals
- Relations between the degree of homogeneity of individuals’ information environment and political opinion formation
- The spread of "fake news" and "disinformation" online and its effects on opinion formation
- Creation of intelligent systems fostering individuals’ democratic capabilities
- Digital Phenotyping and Political Microtargeting
- Data economy and digital business models
Working with us
We are always looking for motivated individuals interested in research at the intersection of psychology, political science, and computer science and welcome applications all year round.
Our team investigates how intelligent systems and online environments formed by them may impact information consumption, information processing (e.g., automatic versus controlled processes), and political opinion formation (e.g., extremization, polarization, etc.) in different individuals. The spread of “fake news”, the creation of “filter bubbles” or “echo chambers”, as well as the consequences of those phenomena are examples of research topics that are of interest to our team. Our research approach combines self-report, experimental, and digital trace data to examine the aforementioned research questions.
If you are looking to:
- improve your research skills
- gain a deeper understanding of the topics mentioned above
- contribute to relevant research projects - from the planning of the design to the statistical analysis and interpretation of results
- gain hands-on experience in this research field
- work in a small, open, and friendly research group
- have a background in psychology, cognitive, social, or political sciences, or you have acquired knowledge in one of these fields
- are interested in the impact of intelligent systems and online environments
- have no problem handling different types of data (survey, experimental, digital traces, etc.)
- are familiar with different methods of inferential statistics (linear models/regression analysis, ANOVA, multilevel modeling, SEM, etc.)
Please reach out to us and send your application stating your motivation to be part of the team including your knowledge and interest in this field of research as well as your previous experience in research projects to email@example.com
If you have any questions regarding positions in our team, please reach out to Dr. Cornelia Sindermann.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!