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December 9, 2020 at 3:53 pm

BRG Quotes Dhanani on Relationship between Research on Media Consumption & COVID Knowledge

Lindsay Dhanani, portrait

Dr. Lindsay Dhanani

BGR news quotes Lindsay Dhanani about her newly published research in a story headlined Your media consumption habits say a lot about your COVID-19 knowledge.

Along these lines, a new study that appears in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, has taken a closer look at trust in government during the coronavirus era and what impact that Americans’ media consumption has on that trust. The study methodology included researchers surveying 1,141 US adults between March 13 and March 18, about their media consumption, their trust in government, as well as their knowledge of the coronavirus.

“We chose to undertake this study to better understand the role that patterns of media consumption play in shaping knowledge of COVID-19 and prejudice towards Asian-Americans who have been heavily stigmatized during the pandemic,” study authors Lindsay Y. Dhanani and Berkeley Franz, both assistant professors at Ohio University, told one industry news outlet.

“The World Health Organization has referred to the sheer amount of new information, true and otherwise, individuals are receiving during the pandemic as an ‘infodemic.’ Our study builds on this phenomenon by assessing whether the news sources individuals use are associated with having accurate knowledge about COVID-19, including how it spreads and how to treat it, as well as with holding prejudice towards Asian-Americans.”

Read the story at BGR.

Read the Frontiers in Psychology article, The Role of News Consumption and Trust in Public Health Leadership in Shaping COVID-19 Knowledge and Prejudice.

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