Serena Coppolino Perfumi

Serena Coppolino Perfumi

PhD Student

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Works at Department of Sociology
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 9
Room B 818
Postal address Sociologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Since August 2017, I am a PhD Student at the Department of Sociology, Stockholm University.

Before, I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Social Psychology at University of Florence, Italy.


Decolonizing the Internet in Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences H2020

Digital Methods in Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences H2020

Etnicitet och integration H2019

Digital Methods in Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences H2019

Fake News, Politics and Xenophobia in Etnicitet och integration V2018


My research interests regard social dynamics in online environments, in particular, I have been working on social influence, conformity, group pressure and polarization and how these phenomena are affected by computer-mediated-communication and anonymity.

The aim of my current research project is to analyze how information is processed by users, in particular how news and sources can be evaluated as fake or credible on the Internet, with particular attention to the social dynamics that underlie these processes, and that can be activated in particular settings such as social networks. 


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2019. Serena Coppolino Perfumi (et al.). Computers in human behavior 92, 230-237

    Research on social influence shows that different patterns take place when this phenomenon happens within computer-mediated-communication (CMC), if compared to face-to-face interaction. Informational social influence can still easily take place also by means of CMC, however normative influence seems to be more affected by the environmental characteristics. Different authors have theorized that deindividuation nullifies the effects of normative influence, but the Social Identity Model of Deindividuation Effects theorizes that users will conform even when deindividuated, but only if social identity is made salient. The two typologies of social influence have never been studied in comparison, therefore in our work, we decided to create an online experiment to observe how the same variables affect them, and in particular how deindividuation works in both cases. The 181 experimental subjects that took part, performed 3 tasks: one aiming to elicit normative influence, and two semantic tasks created to test informational influence. Entropy has been used as a mathematical assessment of information availability. Our results show that normative influence becomes almost ineffective within CMC (1.4% of conformity) when subjects are deindividuated. Informational influence is generally more effective than normative influence within CMC (15-29% of conformity), but similarly to normative influence, it is inhibited by deindividuation.

  • 2020. Eleni A. Kyza (et al.). Internet Policy Review 9 (4)

    Social media have created communication channels between citizens and policymakers but are also susceptible to rampant misinformation. This new context demands new social media policies that can aid policymakers in making evidence-based decisions for combating misinformation online. This paper reports on data collected from policymakers in Austria, Greece, and Sweden, using focus groups and in-depth interviews. Analyses provide insights into challenges and identify four important themes for supporting policy-making for combating misinformation: a) creating a trusted network of experts and collaborators, b) facilitating the validation of online information, c) providing access to visualisations of data at different levels of granularity, and d) increasing the transparency and explainability of flagged misinformative content. These recommendations have implications for rethinking how revised social media policies can contribute to evidence-based decision-making.

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Last updated: March 5, 2021

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