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Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion
« on: February 15, 2021, 02:26:39 PM »

https://www.pnas.org/content/111/24/8788

A giant experiment in manipulating peoples emotions that was performed on social media platforms.

Turns out you can be manipulated by social media and their algorithms.

Welcome to the Brave New World.

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We show, via a massive (N = 689,003) experiment on Facebook, that emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions without their awareness. We provide experimental evidence that emotional contagion occurs without direct interaction between people (exposure to a friend expressing an emotion is sufficient), and in the complete absence of nonverbal cues
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Re: Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2021, 02:49:57 PM »

https://www.pnas.org/content/111/24/8788

A giant experiment in manipulating peoples emotions that was performed on social media platforms.

Turns out you can be manipulated by social media and their algorithms.

Welcome to the Brave New World.

No *expletive deleted*it, National Academy of Sciences.  Another one of those things that makes one wonder about the effects of social media on the election.  They were quite up front about how they were going to try to move the election their way.
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Re: Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2021, 03:19:17 PM »

I don't understand. How was there any question about whether people could be influenced to share others' emotions? Haven't we always known about that? Was there some reason it was not expected to happen over Facebook?
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Re: Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2021, 03:33:26 PM »

Something,  something,  empathy... comes to mind.
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Re: Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2021, 03:50:15 PM »

Something... something... dog pack comes to mind.

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Re: Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2021, 07:02:17 AM »

Want to manipulate my emotions?

Show me pictures of dogs.

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Re: Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2021, 08:31:17 AM »

The word Mob keeps coming to mind and IIRC we were warned  about the Mob a long time ago
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Re: Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2021, 03:24:12 PM »

I don't understand. How was there any question about whether people could be influenced to share others' emotions? Haven't we always known about that? Was there some reason it was not expected to happen over Facebook?

It has always been know.  Now there is a (public) scientific study providing empirical evidence of its existence.