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Facebook Study by Mind Map: Facebook Study
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Facebook Study

Published Article

Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks

Adam D. I. Kramera, Jamie E. Guillory, and Jeffrey T. Hancock

1) The Study

What they did


What they Found

Informed Consent?

3) Popular Press Reaction


Some thoughts about human subjects research in the wake of Facebook’s massive experiment.

News feed: 'Emotional contagion' sweeps Facebook

Facebook Research Dances Around Informed Consent

Facebook’s Unethical Experiment

Emotions spread through Facebook are contagious, study says

Were you Part of Facebook’s Psychology Experiment?

Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment

Facebook emotion experiment sparks criticism

Facebook’s Unethical Experiment

2) Facebook's Response

"Having written and designed this experiment myself, I can tell you that our goal was never to upset anyone. I can understand why some people have concerns about it, and my coauthors and I are very sorry for the way the paper described the research and any anxiety it caused. In hindsight, the research benefits of the paper may not have justified all of this anxiety. While we’ve always considered what research we do carefully, we (not just me, several other researchers at Facebook) have been working on improving our internal review practices. The experiment in question was run in early 2012, and we have come a long way since then. Those review practices will also incorporate what we’ve learned from the reaction to this paper."

Some Reader Comments

This Summary Provided by: The Psych Files podcast

4) Should We Care?



5) Challenge to Students of Psychology

If you were working at facebook and you were asked to (or simply thought that doing this study was a good idea), how would you have done a better job of instituting informed consent for Facebook users?

Actually write an informed consent form for this study - one that Facebook user's might have seen on the site when they signed in (back in January of 2012)