Student working on a research project.

Examining Influence Of Google On U.S. Politics

This project examines how popular websites, like Google, unintentionally place users into political "echo-chambers" (information environments where users encounter information that mostly supports their political points of view) and, thus, increase political polarization in modern society. Students will assist Dr. Dylko with various parts of this research project, including interacting with study participants, recording browsing behavior of participants, proof-reading and administering public opinion survey, analyzing political content of Google's search results, and others. This study has significant practical and theoretical implications, and will help students understand the role of communication technology in politics, will familiarize students with various social scientific research methods, and help prepare students for graduate school and professional careers in such fields as social media, political communication, algorithm ethics, public opinion, and media effects.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Psychology, Computer Science, Behavioral Science, Political Communication
Student Skill-Set Needed: Ability to work independently, reliability, desire to learn, attention to detail, being a good team player
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Summer

Contact

For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Dr. Ivan Dylko
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Communication
Office: 307 Baldy Hall
Phone: (716) 645-1504
Email: dylko@buffalo.edu