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Psychological Language on Twitter Predicts County-Level Heart Disease Mortality

Overview of attention for article published in Psychological Science (Sage Publications Inc.), January 2015
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Mentioned by

news
43 news outlets
blogs
20 blogs
policy
1 policy source
twitter
1179 tweeters
peer_reviews
1 peer review site
weibo
2 weibo users
facebook
17 Facebook pages
googleplus
2 Google+ users
reddit
1 Redditor

Citations

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202 Dimensions

Readers on

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536 Mendeley
Title
Psychological Language on Twitter Predicts County-Level Heart Disease Mortality
Published in
Psychological Science (Sage Publications Inc.), January 2015
DOI 10.1177/0956797614557867
Pubmed ID
Authors

Johannes C. Eichstaedt, Hansen Andrew Schwartz, Margaret L. Kern, Gregory Park, Darwin R. Labarthe, Raina M. Merchant, Sneha Jha, Megha Agrawal, Lukasz A. Dziurzynski, Maarten Sap, Christopher Weeg, Emily E. Larson, Lyle H. Ungar, Martin E. P. Seligman

Abstract

Hostility and chronic stress are known risk factors for heart disease, but they are costly to assess on a large scale. We used language expressed on Twitter to characterize community-level psychological correlates of age-adjusted mortality from atherosclerotic heart disease (AHD). Language patterns reflecting negative social relationships, disengagement, and negative emotions-especially anger-emerged as risk factors; positive emotions and psychological engagement emerged as protective factors. Most correlations remained significant after controlling for income and education. A cross-sectional regression model based only on Twitter language predicted AHD mortality significantly better than did a model that combined 10 common demographic, socioeconomic, and health risk factors, including smoking, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Capturing community psychological characteristics through social media is feasible, and these characteristics are strong markers of cardiovascular mortality at the community level.

Twitter Demographics

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 17 3%
United Kingdom 6 1%
Canada 3 <1%
Spain 2 <1%
Finland 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Other 6 1%
Unknown 497 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 122 23%
Student > Master 88 16%
Researcher 74 14%
Student > Bachelor 45 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 37 7%
Other 125 23%
Unknown 45 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 179 33%
Computer Science 75 14%
Social Sciences 48 9%
Medicine and Dentistry 40 7%
Business, Management and Accounting 24 4%
Other 80 15%
Unknown 90 17%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1098. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 02 May 2020.
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#4,545
of 15,149,790 outputs
Outputs from Psychological Science (Sage Publications Inc.)
#14
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#63
of 285,167 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Psychological Science (Sage Publications Inc.)
#2
of 40 outputs
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