The Psychology of Online Trolls

http://youtu.be/SyUyjMiBTd8

As the Guardian, Jezebel and Salon’s own Mary Elizabeth Williams have pointed out, anonymous trolls writing sexist comments on online platforms are ubiquitous — especially on articles or videos relating to women’s issues.

PBS Digital Studio’s Vanessa Hill is no exception. The science educator and host of BrainCraft recently made a video explaining that there’s little difference between male and female brains. Some of the comments, as you can imagine, were rather unkind to put it mildly.

Hill’s response? Make a video calling out her sexist trolls, and explaining the psychology of online commenting — and why we still read the comments. Hill wrote in the video description