YouTube’s influence during an Infodemic

Gwenyth Mercep ’22 Media platforms have equipped us with better ways to capture and disseminate news and have revolutionized our relationship with novel information. By accepting the ubiquitous and decentralized nature of the internet, we have given up many regulatory components with the heuristic information we consume on it. We are no stranger to the phenomena of information going “viral”. More often than not these … Continue reading YouTube’s influence during an Infodemic

A Psychological Look into Vaccine Apprehension

Gwenyth Mercep ’22 The role of autonomy, or self-reliance, in medical decision making is intertwined with the complex narrative surrounding vaccinations. Vaccinations are a paramount preventative tool responsible for completely eradicating certain diseases and drastically reducing the incidence of others.  Although vaccine hesitancy is often positioned in mainstream media as resulting from pseudoscience or misinformation about safety, psychological traits like reactance can also play a … Continue reading A Psychological Look into Vaccine Apprehension

Get Your Head Out of the Game

Gwenyth Mercep ’22 Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a brain disease associated with exposure to repetitive head impacts, such as those from tackle American football [1]. CTE can cause numerous and debilitating early-life symptoms like behavioral and mood disturbances, most notable, impulse control and depression [1]. Episodic memory loss and dementia, forms of cognitive dysfunction, are reported by patients with CTE later in life [1]. … Continue reading Get Your Head Out of the Game

Medical Needles in the Social Media Haystack

Gwenyth Mercep ’22 In today’s digital age, there’s a lot of potentially useful information in circulation. With many of us compelled to share monologues on social media platforms, like Facebook, the landscape of data research is being revolutionized. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania studied this change by using Facebook data to test the confluence of social media noise as indicating factors of the well-being … Continue reading Medical Needles in the Social Media Haystack