Mathew Ling is a Lecturer in Psychology, co-founder of the Misinformation lab, and Chairperson of the Melbourne Open Research Network steering committee. His work is principally focussed on understanding susceptibility to misinformation in the health domain, and strategies to remedy it. He also acts as a consultant in research methods and analytics, and is a self-avowed evangelist for Open sciences and the R programming language.
PhD in Psychology, 2017
While many questions within psychological research involve the variation in behaviour within individuals between contexts, many traditional designs are insensitive to these phenomena. This stream of research examines behaviours in ecological contexts through the use of high frequency repeated measures designs.
This research project (PhD) sought to understand the nature of individual differences in Need for Cognition. In pursuit of this aim, this project had a psychometric emphasis, involving factor analysis, scale validation, and Ecological Momentary Assessment.
My interest in misinformation takes me to a source of information, research, and how the practices we employ within research can make it more or less informative.
While misinformation affects society broadly, its impacts are not homogenously distributed, with some individuals being more susceptible to its effects. This program of research aims to identify the factors that make an individual susceptible or resistant to misinformation.