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	Psychology of Media and Technology
Location: Room TBD  |  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Media and digital technologies have become a ubiquitous topic in both the popular press and the scientific community. Psychology has been at the forefront of investigating how the rapid normalization of digital technology is affecting human behavior. This preconference will feature innovative researchers presenting on a wide range of topics bridging technology and psychology. Presenters will discuss the most up to date research regarding positive and negative effects of social media. In addition, researchers will discuss how humans perceive, and interact with, artificial intelligence and robots. Additional sessions will include a discussion on how mediated communication is being applied in the clinical world and a practical session will explore seeking and maintaining employment in media and technology related industries. Finally, a data blitz and poster session will showcase work from emerging scholars.

Preliminary schedule. Subject to change.

8:00 - 8:30 am
8:30 - 9:20 am
Understanding Agents
Adam Waytz
Daniel Shank
9:20 - 10:30 am
Poster session [Celestine Foyer]
[Coffee available 10-11am]
10:30 - 11:45 am
Tech /Media & Personality / OR VR/AR
Molly Ireland
Ryne Sherman
Lyle Ungar
11:45 - 12:15 pm
Panel: Working in the Media & Technology Industry
Ljubica Chatman: Capital One
Carson Sandy: Zendesk
12:15 - 1:00 pm
1:00 - 1:40 pm
Data Blitz
1:40 - 2:55 pm
Media & Mental Health
Matthias Mehl
Bob Filbin (Crisis Text Line)
Nicole Ellison
2:55 - 3:15 pm
Coffee Break
3:15 - 4:25 pm
Positive Effects of Social Media
Sohad Murrar
Jeff Hancock
Nicole Ellison
4:25 - 4:30 pm
Closing Remarks
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Optional Happy Hour

Nicole Ellison, School of Information, University of Michigan

Ljubica Chatman, Capital One

Bob Filbin, Crisis Text Line

Jeff Hancock, Department of Communication, Stanford University

Molly Ireland, Department of Psychological Sciences, Texas Tech University

Matthias Mehl, Department of Psychology, University of Arizona

Sohad Murrar, Department of Psychology, Governors State University

Andrew Reece, BetterUp Inc.

Carson Sandy, Zendesk

Daniel Shank, Department of Psychological Sciences, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Ryne Sherman, Hogan Assessments

Lyle Ungar, Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
Adam Waytz, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Emerging scholars (graduate students, post docs, and those within 5 years of receiving their Ph.D.) are encouraged to submit an abstract 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. We will accept submissions through the registration portal from September 1 until November 15. Please check back then for more information on submitting. Please note that we are not accepting submissions for talks.

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

Sandrine Müller, Data Science Institute, Columbia University
Sandrine Müller uses smartphone sensor data to study human behavior. In particular, she examines how mobility patterns (e.g., the places people visit, their daily routines, distance traveled, etc.) can inform our understanding of personality and mental health.

Patrick Ewell, Kenyon College
Patrick Ewell is interested in the psychological intersection between people and new and emerging media. In particular, he conducts research on aggression and morality in video games, as well as the impact of social media on social behavior and self-regulation.

2020 Annual Convention
February 27-29, 2020
New Orleans, LA USA