Misinformation and Misperceptions

Misinformation, fake news, disinformation, and various conspiracy theories peak online during presidential election years, health and scientific crisese, and even the daily states. I am particularly concerned with the negative societal ramifications and consequences of the spread of these sorts of information, including the crystallization of hostile attitudes between one another, the destruction of deliberative democracy, and the prevalence of the populism-based anti-intellectualism.

Against this backdrop, I have been examining the dissemination pattern and mechanism of misinformation, disinformation, fake news, and conspiracy theories in social media platforms, as well as individuals’ misperceptions revolving these information.

Representative publications:

Su, Y., Lee, D,K,L., & Xiao, X. (2022). “I enjoy thinking critically, and I’m in control”: Examining the influences of media literacy factors on misperceptions amidst the COVID-19 infodemic. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563221004349

Xiao, X. & Su, Y (2021). Integrating Reasoned Action Approach and Message Sidedness in the Era of Misinformation: The Case of HPV Vaccination Promotion. Journal of Health Communication. https://doi.org/10.108010810730.2021.1950873.

Xiao, X., Borah, P., & Su, Y (2021). The dangers of blind trust: Examining the interplay among social media news use, misinformation identification, and news trust on conspiracy beliefs. Public Understanding of Science. https://doi.org/10.11770963662521998025.

Su, Y., Lee, D, K, L., Xiao, X., Li, W., & Shu, W (2021). Who endorses conspiracy theories? A moderated mediation model of Chinese and international social media use, media skepticism, need for cognition, and COVID-19 conspiracy theory endorsement in China. Computers in Human Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2021.106760.

Xiao, X., Su, Y., & Lee, D, K, L. (2021). Who Consumes New Media Content More Wisely? Examining Personality Factors, SNS Use, and New Media Literacy in the Era of Misinformation. Social Media + Society. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2020.101547.

Su, Y. (2021). It Doesn’t Take a Village to Fall for Misinformation: Social media use, discussion heterogeneity preference, worry of the virus, faith in scientists, and COVID-19-related misinformation beliefs. Telematics & Informatics. 101547. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2020.101547.

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Yan Su
Assistant Professor

My research concerns network agenda-setting, intermedia agenda-setting, and political participation.