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Knowledge processes and how they are influenced by digital media - that's what the research at the IWM is about: Which conditions and competences are needed for the successful utilization of digital media for knowledge processes and how can these be provided? Which role do innovative cognitive interfaces play for knowledge processes? How does digitalization change social and motivational factors of knowledge exchange and usage? How does a group of people construct new knowledge? At the IWM, we answer tomorrow's questions today.


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#opendata in ERC project ReDefTie

Logo ReDefTieThe longitudinal data of the project “Redefining tie strength – how social media (can) help us to get non-redundant useful information and emotional support” by Sonja Utz, which was concluded in December 2017, is now available for all interested researchers.

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June 06–08, 2018: Summer School



The Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien cordially invites you to its Summer School on “Multimodality and Knowledge Processes” on June 6–8, 2018 in Tübingen.



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What are Experts, what are Laypersons? – Ulrike Cress about Citizen Science at the German Foundation Congress 2018
Virtual worlds as gateway to the past – Stephan Schwan in cooperation with the Museum für Antike Schifffahrt des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums (RGZM) and the University of Mainz
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Responsibility as a burden: Responsible power-holders experience the highest stress levels

People in high-power positions experience more stress if they are aware of their responsibility than if they recognize the freedom their position provides. Research of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tübingen has shown this. If power-holders think about their responsibility (rather than their personal freedom) they do act more fairly towards others – but at the same time, their own stress level rises.

Facebook and Co. – How social networks can help us receive useful information and emotional support

Logging in Facebook or other social networks is nowadays part of our daily routine. While constant checking of status messages is often associated with stress, envy and reduced wellbeing, researchers of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) found out: Stress is influenced by external factors and not by Facebook usage. Concerns that Facebook has a negative impact on the wellbeing are therefore exaggerated. The platform even offers possibilities of social support. The professional use of social media pays off as well: Anyone who uses LinkedIn has professional information advantages.

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