CogAHealth - Cognitive Authorities in Everyday Health Information Environments of Young People

Funded by the Academy of Finland, the CogAHealth project examines what data sources young people consider reliable and how authority is constructed in modern, multimodal health communication. The findings can be used to promote health, wellbeing and health equality of the young.

In the past few decades, people’s health and wellbeing have steadily improved in Western countries, but the lifestyles of children and the young are a concern. Obesity rates among young people are increasing and their physical condition has deteriorated due to their unhealthy diet and inactive way of life. This phenomenon are expected to lead to severe national health problems in the future.

The starting points of the study are multiliteracy and new literacies, both of which are skills that are needed in modern, interactive information environments. You cannot always know what to believe and who to trust in the ever-changing flood of information in the modern world. Adolescents may feel that they are like a chameleon, because they must change their colour due to the impact of information from various sources.

The project will be implemented in collaboration by the University of Oulu’s Information Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and researchers from the Faculty of Education in 2016–2020.

Here, you can learn how the project works, how the research is conducted and what kind of findings will be obtained.