Mood synchronicity is a new concept that we define to explore how communication media transmit affective states from one individual to another. Building on this new concept, this project aims to explore how shared mood influences different types of collaborative tasks. More specifically, the project explores how the characteristics of different communication media mediate the relationship between shared mood and coordinated behaviors. This project contains multiple individual studies ranging from theoretical, to big data-driven, to laboratory-based.
This project explores which types of emotional and social information can be communicated by fundraising campaigns on crowdfunding platforms to influence, and possibly bias potential donors. More specifically, the project investigates how different types of crowdfunding campaign pictures influence cancer-related charitable online giving. This project also combines multiple methods, including laboratory studies, online experiments, and econometrics.