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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

19

Number

2

Page Numbers

pages 23-36

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

2014

Abstract

Twitter is an increasingly utilized tool for communication during major events including natural disasters; however, there is little research investigating this topic and how individual differences might predict reactions to information in this medium. The current study seeks to understand how the personality trait of openness to ideas predicts perceptions of a Twitter source's trustworthiness and interest relative to a journalistic source. Participants were randomly assigned to read a simulated account of a flood presented either as a Twitter account or a journalistic account and then rated perceptions of the sources. Results indicate that Twitter is trusted less than a journalistic account; however, moderator effects revealed that openness to ideas was positively correlated with trust in the Twitter condition but negatively correlated with trust in the journalistic format. The present study helps to clarify the role of personality in the process of consuming information on-line.

Subject

Psychology--Periodicals

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

Extent

14 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

BF1 .M63 v. 19 no. 2 2014

Rights

Under copyright.

Included in

Psychology Commons

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