Author Archive: dag8523

Jacqueline Ng and Diego Gómez-Zará presented at the ATLAS’s Teams Research Incubator Weekend

Jacqueline Ng, Ph.D. candidate, and Diego Gómez-Zará, Ph.D. student, presented their current research at the ATLAS’s Teams Research Incubator for doctoral students and junior faculty, in Evanston, IL On March 17th, Jacqueline presented “Information sharing in online teams: How information processing interventions... read more »


Diego Gómez-Zará presents at Kellogg Enlace

On January 30th, 2018, the Ph.D. Student Diego Gómez-Zará presented at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. This talk was organized by the program ENLACE Diego’s talk was titled “The Role of Social Movements in Twitter: Evidence from the Chilean Student Movement.” He presented the... read more »


Population structured by witchcraft beliefs

Anthropologists have long argued that fear of victimization through witchcraft accusations promotes cooperation in small-scale societies. Others have argued that witchcraft beliefs undermine trust and therefore reduce social cohesion. However, there are very few, if any, quantified empirical examples demonstrating how... read more »


A manifesto for reproducible science

Improving the reliability and efficiency of scientific research will increase the credibility of the published scientific literature and accelerate discovery. Here we argue for the adoption of measures to optimize key elements of the scientific process: methods, reporting and dissemination, reproducibility, evaluation... read more »


Evidence of complex contagion of information in social media: An experiment using Twitter bots

It has recently become possible to study the dynamics of information diffusion in techno-social systems at scale, due to the emergence of online platforms, such as Twitter, with millions of users. One question that systematically recurs is whether information spreads according to simple or complex dynamics: does each exposure... read more »


SONIC Students presenting at OCMC 2017

On October 13-15, SONIC Ph.D. students Kyosuke Tanaka, Zachary Gibson, Diego Gomez-Zara, and the Ph.D. candidates Marlon Twyman and Jaqueline Ng will present at the Organizational Communication Mini Conference, held in Athens, Ohio.    read more »


Diego Gomez-Zara presenting at Computation+Journalism 2017

SONIC graduate student, Diego Gomez-Zara, will present one poster at the Computational + Journalism Symposium (C+J) 2017 held at Northwestern University on October 13th, 2017. We present a system that identifies the main entities of the article, and it uses dictionaries based on fictional characters and sentiment analysis... read more »


Why Everyone Should See Themselves as a Leader

Sue Ashford, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, breaks down her decades of research on leadership—who achieves it, and how a group grants it. She explains that the world isn’t divided into leaders and followers. Instead, it’s a state that everyone can reach, whether they’re officially... read more »


SONIC papers presented at the 1st NASN Conference in DC

Four SONIC papers were presented at the 1st North America Social Networks (NASN) Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), held on July 26th, 2017 – July 30th, 2017 in DC, USA. (more…)  read more »


Diego Gomez-Zara will attend the Web Science Summer School 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia

Between July 1st-8th, Diego Gomez-Zara, graduate student at SONIC Lab, will attend the upcoming WSTNet Web Science Summer School in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is going to present his work “Leveraging Computational Social Science to address Grand Societal Challenges.”  read more »