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Why So Negative? Exploring the Negative Relationship Between Clout and Cognitive Processing in MOOC Forums

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In this study, we further explore the negative relationship between clout and cognitive processing first reported by Author (2019). Our variable of interest, clout, is a summary variable calculated by the Linguistic Inquiry Word Count (LIWC) tool and is used to understand the level of confidence in writing (Abe, 2020; Jordan, Sterling, Pennebaker, & Boyd, 2019). A series of linear mixed models were fitted to evaluate, after controlling for gender, degree, and type of post, if the focal relationship between each sub-score of cognitive processing (insight, causation, discrepancy, differentiation, certainty, and tentativeness) and clout changed across courses with different pacing (self-paced or instructor-paced). We found that insight, discrepancy, certainty and differentiation were negatively associated with clout scores.