Scientists will explain the popularity of vaccination myths

Scientists at Tomsk State University and the University of Plovdiv will find out how the myths about vaccination and homeopathy spread in Bulgaria. Using methodology developed at TSU, they will analyze Bulgarian social networks and forums and describe who most often discusses these ideas, where, and what arguments are given. By 2022, they will make a list of recommendations for the healthcare industry that will help prevent the spread of misconceptions. The project was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation of Bulgaria. The project manager is Ivan Chalakov, professor at the University of Plovdiv and TSU. The TSU participants are staff of the Department of Sociology of the Faculty of Philosophy and the Laboratory of Big Data Sciences and Problems of Society.

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