LMU anthropologist Sahana Udupa studies the sociopolitical impact of digital media, with a focus on the dynamics of extreme rhetoric on online platforms. Global collaborations are vital to understanding this global phenomenon.
Many companies carefully time disclosures on losses of sensitive customer data. A new study based on publicly traded US companies shows that companies tend to announce data leaks on days when other news dominates the headlines. This limits the impact on the share price, but also increases the risk to persons whose data are leaked.
People who deny the existence of facts believe in Fake News more often. People with dark personality traits – those who always put their own benefit first – are particularly often affected.
Dr. Annamária Fábián-Trost, a linguist at the University of Bayreuth, is one of seven outstanding researchers who will receive funding from the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences under the "Digital Transformation" programme starting in October 2022. Her project focuses on digital tools and communicative strategies that are used in social media to discriminate against people with disabilities or, on the contrary, can sustainably strengthen the inclusion of people with disabilities.
A new research project on the modernisation of SignWriting is being launched at Landshut University of Applied Sciences. The aim is to improve deaf people’s ability to communicate on a digitally-driven labour market.
Conventional vaccination campaign messages often miss their targets. A study in eight European countries shows that information on the benefits of vaccines can even reduce the willingness to get immunized. The researchers also looked into the factors that influenced the impact of messages, including low health literacy. A further study provides indications of the relationship between trust in vaccines and their approval procedures.
Using data from the German version of the quiz show "Who wants to be a millionaire?", Professor Carolin Häussler, innovation researcher at the University of Passau, and her former doctoral student, Dr. Sabrina Vieth, have been investigating when people in the digital age resort to which problem-solving strategies.
In liberal-leaning municipalities, there is an increased probability of far-right demonstrations in the wake of unexpectedly strong election results by right-wing populists. This is one of the insights from an investigation based on electoral results of the AfD party in Germany. The study reveals a surprise effect on the part of people who previously believed that their attitudes were less socially acceptable.
The "Bayreuth Games Accelerator" will be funded by the federal government and the Free State of Bavaria to the tune of € 50,000. This is intended to strengthen the great initiative emanating from the media sciences and the start-up culture of the University of Bayreuth, and to establish Bayreuth as a games development centre in Germany.
Whether it’s in youth or internet culture, in the media and entertainment landscape or the political arena – the sentimental is currently experiencing a renaissance. In this context, it is understood as a type of communicative code that can unfold its power in the interrelationship of seemingly private emotional worlds and their public display. In which variety and with which functions the sentimental is used (both consciously and unconsciously) is the subject of the research of a research training group at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).