WiP: The Dual Role of Ethnicity in the Misinformation Effect

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 3rd talk of the 2021 Fall Series of the Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series!****Given the continuing COVID19 situation, the Works-in-Progress sessions will continue in virtual format until further notice. To register for the event and automatically receive the Zoom info, click on the link below****


“The Dual Role of Ethnicity in the Misinformation Effect”

Narine Yegiyan, UC Davis

Date: October 13, 2021, at 18:30 Tbilisi time

In this talk Prof. Yegiyan will introduce the concept of misinformation effect from the cognitive information processing perspective. She will review research to address how vulnerable people are to this effect and under. She will then discuss some of her thoughts on how cultural background (ethnic identity to some degree) can fit into the information processing paradigm and how it can sometimes make us more vulnerable to misinformation while in other times can help us be more resilient to its effects. These ideas are new and are under construction and Prof. Yegiyan looks forward to your feedback.

Bio: Narine Yegiyan, PhD. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Davis. She began her career as a journalist, has expertise in cognitive information processing and communication, with a specific focus on emotion and memory interaction. She uses self-report, behavioral and physiological measures to understand how we can design effective media messages. She oversees the Dynamic Interactions in Cognition and Emotion (D.I.C.E.) Lab and is the Chair of the Information Systems Division of the International Communications Association. She is a recipient of the UC Global Affairs grant to promote international research and is spending her sabbatical year in Georgia to study the role of ethnicity in information processing and teach media courses at Tbilisi State University.

Although this presentation will take place in virtual format, in observation of the spirit of the Chatham House Rule to which the series generally adheres, the talk will not be recorded and we courteously request that the other participants refrain from recording and/or distributing it as well. The opinions expressed in WiP talks are those of the speakers alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of CRRC, ARISC or of American Councils.
WiP is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that normally takes place at the new office of CRRC at Liziko Kavtaradze St. 1. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.