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Department of Management

Dr Mohsen Mosleh

Dr Mohsen Mosleh

Senior Lecturer in Business Analytics

 M.Mosleh@exeter.ac.uk

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Overview

Mohsen is a Senior Lecturer (Permanent Assistant Professor) at the University of Exeter Business School, a Fellow at Alan Turing Institute, and a Research Affiliate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Mohsen’s research interests lie at the intersection of data science and cognitive psychology. In particular, he studies how information and misinformation spread on social media. His work has been published in leading journals such as Nature, Nature Communications, and PNAS and has been covered in major media outlets including The Washington Post, the Telegraph and the Financial Times. His work has been funded by Google and Meta.

Qualifications

  • PhD Systems Engineering

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Research

Research interests

  • Social Media
  • Network Science 
  • Cooperation

There has been a great deal of concern about the negative impacts of social media on democracy and society. In my research, I investigate two ways in which social media can negatively affect public discourse.

In one line of my research, I study the spread of misinformation on social media. In particular, I investigate why individuals fall for low-quality content online and develop interventions to reduce the spread of misinformation.

In another line of my research, I study information bias in social networks. In particular, I study how the structure of a social network can bias the flow of information and affect collective decisions.

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Publications

Journal articles

Pennycook G, Epstein Z, Mosleh M, Arechar AA, Eckles D, Rand D (In Press). Shifting attention to accuracy can reduce misinformation online. In press Nature: https://psyarxiv. com/3n9u8
Mosleh M, Cole R, Rand DG (2024). Misinformation and harmful language are interconnected, rather than distinct, challenges. PNAS Nexus, 3(3). Abstract.
Mosleh M, Rand DG (2022). Author Correction: Measuring exposure to misinformation from political elites on Twitter. Nature Communications, 13(1).
Mosleh M, Rand DG (2022). Measuring exposure to misinformation from political elites on Twitter. Nat Commun, 13(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Mosleh M, Pennycook G, Arechar AA, Rand DG (2021). Cognitive reflection correlates with behavior on Twitter. Nat Commun, 12(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Mosleh M, Pennycook G, Rand DG (2021). Field Experiments on Social Media. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 31(1), 69-75. Abstract.
Mosleh M, Pennycook G, Rand DG (2021). Field experiments on social media. Abstract.
Mosleh M, Rand DG (2021). Measuring exposure to misinformation from political elites on Twitter. Abstract.
Mosleh M, Martel C, Eckles D, Rand DG (2021). Shared partisanship dramatically increases social tie formation in a Twitter field experiment. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 118(7). Abstract.  Author URL.
Pennycook G, Epstein Z, Mosleh M, Arechar AA, Eckles D, Rand DG (2021). Shifting attention to accuracy can reduce misinformation online. Nature, 592(7855), 590-595.
Mosleh M, Martel C, Eckles D, Rand DG (2021). Social correction of fake news across party lines. Abstract.
Martel C, Mosleh M, Rand D (2021). You’re definitely wrong, maybe: Correction style has minimal effect on corrections of misinformation online. Media and Communication, 9(1), 120-133. Abstract.
Mosleh M, Kyker K, Cohen JD, Rand DG (2020). Globalization and the rise and fall of cognitive control. Nature communications, 11, 1-10.
Heydari B, Heydari P, Mosleh M (2020). Not all bridges connect: integration in multi-community networks. The Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 44, 199-220.
Mosleh M, Stewart AJ, Plotkin JB, Rand DG (2020). Prosociality in the economic Dictator Game is associated with less parochialism and greater willingness to vote for intergroup compromise. Judgment & Decision Making, 15
Mosleh M, Pennycook G, Rand DG (2020). Self-reported willingness to share political news articles in online surveys correlates with actual sharing on Twitter. Plos one, 15, e0228882-e0228882.
Mosleh M, Martel C, Eckles D, Rand D (2020). Shared Partisanship Dramatically Increases Social Tie Formation in a Twitter Field Experiment.
Stewart AJ, Mosleh M, Diakonova M, Arechar AA, Rand DG, Plotkin JB (2019). Information gerrymandering and undemocratic decisions. Nature, 573, 117-121.
Mosleh M, Stewart AJ, Plotkin J, Rand D (2019). Prosociality in an economic game is associated with less parochialism and greater willingness to vote for intergroup compromise.
Gianetto DA, Mosleh M, Heydari B (2018). Dynamic Structure of Competition Networks in Affordable Care Act Insurance Market. IEEE Access, 6, 12700-12709.
Mosleh M, Rand DG (2018). Population structure promotes the evolution of intuitive cooperation and inhibits deliberation. Scientific reports, 8, 1-8.
Mosleh M, Heydari B (2017). Fair topologies: Community structures and network hubs drive emergence of fairness norms. Scientific reports, 7, 1-9.
Mosleh M, Dalili K, Heydari B (2016). Distributed or monolithic? a computational architecture decision framework. IEEE Systems journal, 12, 125-136.
Mosleh M, Ludlow P, Heydari B (2016). Distributed resource management in systems of systems: an architecture perspective. Systems Engineering, 19, 362-374.
Heydari B, Mosleh M, Dalili K (2016). From modular to distributed open architectures: a unified decision framework. Systems Engineering, 19, 252-266.
Heydari B, Mosleh M, Dalili K (2015). Efficient Network Structures with Separable Heterogeneous Connection Costs. Economics Letters, 134, 82-85.
Mosleh M, Dalili K, Heydari B (2014). Optimal Modularity for Fractionated Spacecraft: the Case of System F6. Procedia Computer Science, 28, 164-170.
Abiri-Jahromi A, Fotuhi-Firuzabad M, Parvania M, Mosleh M (2011). Optimized sectionalizing switch placement strategy in distribution systems. IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, 27, 362-370.

Conferences

Mosleh M, Martel C (2021). Perverse downstream consequences of debunking: Being corrected by another user for posting false political news increases subsequent sharing of low qality, partisan, and toxic content in a twiter field experiment. Abstract.
Mosleh M (2019). Online Interactive Experiments on Networks.
Mosleh M, Heydari B (2017). Market Evolution of Sharing Economy vs. Traditional Platforms: a Natural Language Processing Approach.
Mosleh M, Heydari B (2017). Why Groups Show Different Fairness Norms? the Interaction Topology Might Explain.
Mosleh M, Ludlow P, Heydari B (2016). Resource allocation through network architecture in systems of systems: a complex networks framework.

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External Engagement and Impact

External positions

  • MIT Research Affiliate
  • Alan Turing Insitute Fellow

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