Adolescent social connection in online environments
How do teens connect in the new media environment and what are the consequences of different connection strategies? For example, teens have incorporated use of social media like Facebook into their lives, but we know little about the brain's responses to stimuli and experiences on these sites. For instance, what is the impact of looking at different kinds of posts from strong and weak ties (and how can this inform our broader understanding of social processes and the brain)? How does getting responses to one's photos and status updates affects teens' self esteem and feelings of inclusion (as well as other basic neurocognitive and emotional processes)? We plan to explore how adolescents connect with one another on facebook, and how different online experiences affect and are affected by individual differences in the brain's response to social, cognitive and emotional tasks. Our duo currently combines expertise in social and affective neuroscience with understanding of how individuals engage in self-presentation and relationship development in social media environments. We seek a third person to make a cube.