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Ruth Elisabeth Appel

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Ruth Elisabeth Appel

Communication
American Democracy Graduate Fellows

About

Ruth Appel is a PhD Student in Stanford's Department of Communication. She is interested in the intersection of Behavioral Science and Computer Science, with the aim of leveraging psychological targeting ethically and for the common good. She is particularly passionate about encouraging prosocial behavior and political participation and promoting wellbeing and mental health. 

Bridging the Political Divide: Using Personality-Tailored Social Media Content to Promote Receptiveness to Opposing Views

The survey experiment aims to facilitate dialogue across the political divide by using shared psychological traits as starting points for empathy and an understanding of opposing viewpoints in online contexts.