Nicole Krämer, Facebook as a tool for socializing… but also for learning? @ MAGNET Town Hall, 2 Metrotech Center, 8th floor, Brooklyn, NY

03/30/2015 2:30 pm – 03/30/2015 3:00 pm Facebook as a tool for socializing… but also for learning? Nicole Krämer, Essen University, Germany The talk gives an overview on research on social networking sites. Results on the social motives for using Facebook as well as the effects on friendships and well-being are reported. Specifically, the opportunity to build social capital is discussed. Based on this, I summarize findings on the relevance of social networking sites for gaining information and for learning. Also, a series of studies on giving and receiving support in Facebook is presented.   imgp0678_smallNicole Krämer is Professor for “Social Psychology – Media and Communication” at the University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. She finished her phd in 2001 at the University of Cologne with a thesis on socio-emotional effects of nonverbal behavior and computer animation as a method in communication research. In 2006 she received the venia legendi for psychology with the habilitation thesis on “Social effects of embodied conversational agents”. Her research interests include human-computer-interaction, social psychological aspects of social media, nonverbal behavior and computer supported instructional communication.