Jens Florian Binder

Jens Florian Binder
Nottingham Trent University | NTU · Department of Psychology

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Introduction
I am a senior lecturer in psychology, specialising in social interactive technologies, ICTs and social media use. My main research interest concerns the deeper impact of digital technology on our understanding of and behaviour in social relationships and networks. Recent projects deal with physical engagement with mobile devices, eye contact in video chat and network cognition. Other than experimental methods, I am also interested in applications of multilevel modelling.
Additional affiliations
December 2009 - present
Nottingham Trent University
Position
  • Lecturer in Psychology
January 2007 - November 2009
The University of Manchester
Description
  • Post-doctoral research associate on an EPSRC/ESRC funded project on "Developing Theory for Socio-Cognitive Systems" with Alistair Sutcliffe, Andrew Howes and Stephen Payne
May 2005 - December 2006
University of Sussex
Description
  • Post-doctoral research fellow on an ESRC/ESF funded project on "Immigration, Racism and Acculturation" with Rupert Brown

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Publications (50)
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This study explores socio‐demographic profiles and offence histories of 235 individuals convicted of extremist offences in England and Wales who have shown different levels of Internet engagement in their pathway towards radicalization. A comprehensive database of those convicted of extremist offences was developed by reviewing and coding content o...
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This study explores the Internet’s role in radicalization pathways and offending of 235 convicted extremists in England and Wales. A comprehensive database was developed by coding content of specialist assessment reports by professionals with direct contact with individuals concerned. A series of quantitative analyses were then conducted. Findings...
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First of its kind study exploring the role of the Internet in radicalisation and offending of 235 convicted extremists in England and Wales using closed source data (specialist assessment reports) Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/exploring-the-role-of-the-internet-in-radicalisation-and-offending-of-convicted-extremists
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A systematic review of the empirical literature on lone-actor terrorism, the first of its kind, is presented. Across 109 sources, ten main themes that characterize this domain are identified and described: definitions of lone-actor terrorism and typologies; heterogeneity of lone-actor terrorists; presence of mental health issues and/or personality...
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As security breaches in organisations are on the rise, developing an understanding of factors enabling and preventing such breaches is crucial. Even though previous studies have examined organisational aspects of information security, not much focus has been placed on human factors. In the present work we examined the tendency to morally disengage...
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The role of human factors in employee information security awareness (ISA) has garnered increased attention, with many researchers highlighting a potential link between problematic technology use and poorer online safety and security. This study aimed to present additional evidence for this by exploring the relationship between of Fear of Missing O...
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Although research has identified a range of opportunities, risks, and harms related to online social networking, the public debate on online risks follows a set pattern by which members of older age groups (parents, regulators) hold a picture of members of younger age groups (teenagers, digital natives) at a uniformly high level of risk. Perception...
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Objectives Fostering, a professional or semi-professional role that is in increasing demand, involves potential exposure to material related to children’s trauma in a domestic setting. Yet, professional vulnerability to secondary traumatic stress (STS) is under-researched in foster carers, as is the suitability of associated intervention techniques...
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Literature has acknowledged the alliance between face-to-face bullying behaviours and humour. However, comparably, little is known regarding humour and cyberbullying. Humour may be a motivating factor and, as such, explain why some individuals engage in cyberbullying. This study aimed to gain insight into adolescents' views and perceptions of how h...
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The present work investigated effects of mobility constraints on gesturing and other aspects of conversational engagement when using mobile technology. Based on studies of non-verbal communication and interaction quality, we compared mobile and static forms of video call in structured interviews. Using real-time motion capture and content coding of...
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Based on the idea of computers constituting social agents and referring to core characteristics of human–human relationships, this study introduces the concept of a digital companionship between smartphone users and their devices. Constituting characteristics (closeness, trust, preoccupation) and outcomes (stress, coping with stress) of social rela...
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Friendships constitute important ties in personal communities and support networks, yet they are challenging to define and operationalize in research. Friendships vary cross‐culturally and in their similarity to kinship ties. They typically follow an implicit social contract based on the exchange of social provisions, emotional closeness, and inter...
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This study aims to investigate the impact of Internet usage on the psychological well-being related to family functioning in the context of Saudi Arabian society. Internet usage is represented by two aspects, firstly by type of online activities including searching, pleasure, communication, gaming, friendships, and shopping; secondly by time spent...
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We investigated associations between online and offline socialising and groups of social ties as postulated by the Social Brain Hypothesis (SBH). An online survey of social media use, social satisfaction and loneliness generated 249 complete responses from a sample of staff and students at the University of Manchester. Regression-based analyses sho...
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Data from online social networks carry enormous potential for psychological research, yet their use and the ethical implications thereof are currently hotly debated. The present work aims to outline in detail the unique information richness of this data type and, in doing so, to support researchers when deciding on ethically appropriate ways of col...
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Identifying characteristics of troublemakers in online social networks, those contacts who violate norms via disagreeable or unsociable behaviour, is vital for supporting preventative strategies for undesirable, psychologically damaging online interactions. To date characterising troublemakers has relied on self-reports focused on the network holde...
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Continued and frequent use of social network sites (SNS) has been linked to a fear of missing out (FOMO) and online self-promotion in the form of friending and information disclosure. The present paper reports findings from 506 UK based Facebook users (53% male) who responded to an extensive online survey about their SNS behaviours and online vulne...
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Online social networks are a ubiquitous method of socialising in the digital era. A potential source of social support, their continued and frequent use has been linked to a fear of missing out (FOMO) and the implicit desire to regulate psychological needs deficits through online friending and information disclosure. The research reports on the res...
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Objectives: Identifying characteristics of online provocateurs has the capacity to aid preventative strategies for undesirable, psychologically damaging online interactions. This paper builds on prior research into the potentially negative repercussions of connecting to ‘friends’ online. Design: A cross-sectional study was conducted comparing the o...
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The present study examines how the use of social network sites (SNS) increases the potential of experiencing psychological, reputational and physical vulnerability online. From our theoretical perspective, concerns over the use of social network sites and online vulnerability stem from the ease with which users can amass large and diverse sets of o...
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While an ever-growing body of research is concerned with user behavior on individual social network sites (SNSs)—mostly Facebook—studies addressing an alternating use of two or more SNS are rare. Here, we investigate the relationship between alternating SNS use and social capital in the context of migration. Alternating SNS use avoids some of the p...
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While student benefits from internship experience have been frequently documented in research, the emphasis has been on internship effects on employment and career indicators. This work is concerned with effects on academic outcomes and focuses on the robustness of such effects across academic disciplines as well as for different achievement levels...
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A longitudinal field survey tested the reciprocal effects of acculturation preferences and prejudice among ethnic minorities and majorities. Data were collected at two points in time from 512 members of ethnic minorities and 1143 majority members in Germany, Belgium and England. Path analyses yielded not only the lagged effects of prejudice on accu...
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A new perspective on the maintenance of social relationships through social media is proposed with particular consideration of the multitude of interactive technologies available by now. Interaction histories are seen to reflect the quality and self-relevance of friendships according to the mix of media used and the assumed traces such interactions...
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This research focusses on the information processing accompanying social interactions, in particular the encoding into and retrieval from autobiographical memory. Quality and self-relevance of relationships are reflected in the traces interactions leave in memory, and traces are further supposed to differ depending on the type of interactive techno...
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Objectives: Friendships require a continuous cognitive-emotional effort. While social media have made this task easier, it has also been argued that they provide more superficial communication, thereby weakening friendships. It is proposed that interaction histories reflect friendship strength through social presence and media multiplexity. Evidenc...
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The last decade has witnessed a large increase in research on the newly emerging mental health problem of Internet addiction. Rather than looking at Internet addiction per se, this study focused on particular activities on the Internet that might be potentially addictive and linked them to personality traits that might predispose individuals to Int...
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The rise of social media has greatly facilitated opportunities for communication with a broad range of social ties, not least of all friends. Friendships as meaningful, voluntary human relationships require an ongoing cognitive-emotional effort to keep them from deteriorating. While staying in touch has never been easier, it has also been argued th...
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Contradictory evidence can be found in the literature about whether ingroup identification and perceived relative deprivation are positively or negatively related. Indeed, theoretical arguments can be made for both effects. It was proposed that the contradictory findings can be explained by considering a hitherto unstudied moderator: The extent to...
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The need to maintain harmony among one's social contacts is proposed in this paper to impose constraints on the interconnectivity between users of social network sites (SNS). A particular focus is on the connectivity between different social spheres. It is hypothesized that the type and number of social spheres and technological features of SNS int...
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Psychological studies of relationships tend to focus on specific types of close personal relationships (romantic, parent-offspring, friendship) and examine characteristics of both the individuals and the dyad. This paper looks more broadly at the wider range of relationships that constitute an individual's personal social world. Recent work on the...
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This paper is an author response to three commentaries, by Robert Kraut and Itamar Rosenn (2012), Barry Wellman (2012) and Mark van Vugt (2012), on our article entitled 'Relationships and the social brain: Integrating psychological and evolutionary perspectives' (Sutcliffe, Dunbar, Binder, & Arrow, 2012).
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Past research has introduced further distinctions within the strong ties that form our personal communities. This work aimed at a comparison between core and significant ties in terms of their emotional closeness to ego, the social provisions that are exchanged, the relationship maintenance behaviours reported, and ego's loneliness. Measures for al...
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A framework for analyzing computer-mediated communication is presented, based on Clark's theory of common ground. Four technologies are reviewed: Facebook, Wikipedia, Blacksburg Electronic Village, and World of Warcraft, to assess their “social affordances,” that is, how communication is supported and how the technologies provide facilities to prom...
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Acculturation attitudes are typically investigated as expectations held by a majority of how minorities are supposed to fit in within a society. Although models of attitude concordance or fit take into account perceived outgroup attitudes, empirical studies on both majority and minority members are scarce. A longitudinal survey study was conducted...
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Immigration, cultural diversity and integration are among the most central challenges for modern societies. Integration is often impeded by negative emotions and prejudices held by the majority members towards immigrants in a common society. Based on the ingroup projection model (Mummendey & Wenzel, 1999), we examined the impact of perceived relati...
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Objectives The mental representations of friends were investigated using models of social exchange and autobiographical memory. While past research has highlighted the general importance of friends for social exchange, the Social Brain Hypothesis (SBH) distinguishes between support and sympathy friends among our closest social contacts and posits t...
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A widely researched panacea for reducing intergroup prejudice is the contact hypothesis. However, few longitudinal studies can shed light on the direction of causal processes: from contact to prejudice reduction (contact effects) or from prejudice to contact reduction (prejudice effects). The authors conducted a longitudinal field survey in Germany...
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We propose that a fundamental property of human psychology, the need to maintain independent social spheres, imposes constraints on the use of social network sites (SNS). We particularly focus on the consequences of visibility of communications across social spheres, and we hypothesize that technological features of SNS may bring social spheres in...
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The complexity of multi-party negotiations can be reduced by dividing conflict parties into subgroups. However, compatibility of interests can vary in subgroups. With high compatibility a subgroup agrees on most issues; parts of the conflict are not negotiated. Additionally, trade-offs between issues can lead to subgroup solutions that deviate from...

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