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Location: Hyatt Regency (HR) Hanover C, Lower Level 2

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Media and digital technologies play a central role in our daily lives. The latest Census data indicate that the average individual spends over 3,515 hours per year using media (e.g., email, cell phones, movies, books, television). In this preconference, we bring together prominent researchers from across psychology, communication science, data science, and industry to explore the psychology of media and technology. Speakers will explore the psychological, social, and moral effects of social media, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. Using big data, speakers will also show how the digital footprints that people leave through their media use can be used to understand and predict behavior. Finally, speakers will demonstrate how the latest technological developments (e.g., virtual reality) can be used as tools in psychological research. The preconference will also feature a data blitz and poster session, showcasing work from emerging scholars.

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Jakki Bailey headshotJakki Bailey, School of Information, University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Bailey is interested in the psychological and social impact of media as well as the use of technology for learning. Her current work examines the impact that embodied mediated experiences have on cognition and behavior.

Jim Blascovich headshotJim Blascovich, Psychology and Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UCSB, Dr. Blascovich directs the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior. His two major research interests are social motivation and social influence within technologically mediated environments. He uses immersive virtual environment technology to investigate social influence processes within virtual environments including conformity, non-verbal communication, collaborative decision-making and leadership.

Maarten Bos headshotMaarten Bos, Disney Research, Pittsburgh

Dr. Bos is a Research Scientist at Disney Research, which is an innovation lab of The Walt Disney Company. He received his Ph.D. in behavioral science from the Radboud University in The Netherlands. Maarten started at Disney Research in 2013, and he leads a group of behavioral scientists, with the mission to make people feel better and be better.

Munmun De Choudhury headshotMunmun De Choudhury, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech

Dr. De Choudhury works in the area of computational social science, wherein she studies human behavior as manifested via people’s online social footprints. Dr. Choudhury and her team at the Social Dynamics and Wellbeing Lab (SocWeB) study, mine, and analyze social media to derive insights and develop mechanisms toward improving health and well-being.

Jesse Fox headshotJesse Fox, School of Communication, The Ohio State University

Dr. Fox is interested in the effects and implications of new media technologies, including virtual worlds, video games, social networking sites, and mobile applications. She studies how our online selves and social interactions influence our offline identities, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, including relationship initiation, development, maintenance, and dissolution. 

Rosanna Guadagno headshotRosanna Guadagno, Peace Innovation Lab, Stanford University

Dr. Guadagno’s research interests focus on the confluence of three main areas: social influence and persuasion, social behavior and mediated-communication, and gender roles. Her theoretical and empirical work has explored a wide range of topics in media psychology, including gender differences in mediated communication, collaboration in virtual environments, social influence on the Internet. 

Michal Kosinski headshotMichal Kosinski, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Dr. Kosinski is a psychologist and data scientist. His research focuses on studying humans through the lenses of digital footprints left behind while using digital platforms and devices. Previously, Michal was the Deputy Director of the University of Cambridge Psychometrics Centre, a researcher at Microsoft Research, and a post-doc at Stanford's Computer Science Department.

David Pizarro headshotDavid Pizarro, Department of Psychology, Cornell University

Dr. Pizarro’s primary research interests are in moral judgment, the effects of emotion on judgment, and on the overlap between these two. He studies a wide range of topics involving emotion, judgment, and behavior.

Jamie Pennebaker headshotJamie Pennebaker, Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Pennebaker is the Regents Centennial Chair of Psychology and the Executive Director of Project 2021 at the University of Texas at Austin. He and his students are exploring the links between emotional experiences, natural language, and real world behaviors.

Andrew Przybylski headshotAndrew Przybylski, Department of Exp. Psychology & Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University

Dr. Przybylski applies psychological models and motivational theory to understand the universal aspects of video games and social media that draw people in, the role of game structure and content on human aggression, and the factors that lead to successful self-regulation in gaming and social media.

Andrea Stevenson Won headshotAndrea Stevenson Won, Department of Communication, Cornell University

Dr. Stevenson Won directs the Virtual Embodiment Lab, where she studies how mediated experiences especially in immersive media change people’s perceptions, including clinical applications of virtual reality, and how nonverbal behavior as rendered in virtual environments affects collaboration and teamwork.

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Data Blitz and Poster Session

Emerging scholars (graduate students, post docs, and those within 5 years of receiving their Ph.D.) are encouraged to submit an abstract not to exceed 250 words for consideration as a data-blitz talk no longer than 4 minutes. Poster submissions follow the same rules but can also be submitted by undergraduates. Submissions should be emailed to Kostadin Kushlev (kushlevk@gmail.com) and must be submitted by November 15th, 2017. In your submission, please include the following:

  1. Title of your talk/poster
  2. Names of all authors.
  3. Contact information & current title/position of the presenting author.
  4. Abstract of no more than 250 words.
  5. Type of submission: poster or data blitz talk; if you are submitting a data-blitz talk, specify whether you are willing to present your submission in the form of a poster.
  6. Specify whether you have limited funding for conference travel.

All presenters will be considered for one of two complementary conference registrations. Awardees will be selected based on the quality of their submissions, but priority will be given to applicants with limited funding.

Please feel free to contact any of the organizers with questions about the submissions.

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Kostadin Kushlev headshot

Kostadin Kushlev, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia (kushlevk@gmail.com)

Dr. Kushlev studies the causes and consequences of subjective well-being. His research on the psychology of technology focuses on how mobile computing (e.g., using smartphones) interacts with nondigital activities, such as spending time with family and friends, to influence basic social needs and well-being. Dr. Kushlev thus explores when our digital activities can complement versus interfere with the psychological benefits of concurrent nondigital activities. 

Gabriella Harari headshotGabriella Harari, Department of Communication, Stanford University (gabriella.harari@gmail.com)

Dr. Harari’s research focuses on behavior change, individual differences, and digital media use. She studies how digital media technologies (e.g., smartphones, social media) can be used to understand behavior and psychological experience in the context of people’s daily lives. 

Brad Okdie headshotBrad Okdie, Department of Psychology, Ohio State University (okdie.2@osu.edu)

Dr. Okdie's primary research focus lies at the intersection of social psychology and media. Specifically, he investigates the emergence, maintenance, and ending of relationships through media.

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