Social Media for Psychological Research in Ethical, Productive, and Prosocial Ways


Social media can be an incredibly useful tool for recruiting test participants, disseminating results, and stimulating public discussion about the practical implications of psychological research. It can be used to reach groups that are active online, including groups that may be difficult to connect with through traditional academic or professional communication networks.

Furthermore, psychologists have used insight gained from their own experience, their research, and the behavior of others to continually re-examine and improve on our ethical standards in research and practice.

This session discusses best practices for psychologists using digital communication tools in their work and examine some of the well-known unethical influence campaigns that have taken place on social media.

The American Psychological Association is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 118,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

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