Research

Broadly, I am interested in exploring the psychological correlates of a) using technologies to access virtual social environments and b) smartphone use. I believe that the trace data people leave behind, whether it be a series of tweets, Facebook posts, or smartphone applications used daily, can reveal information about a person’s psychological state and experiences. Much has been said about the virtues (e.g., social support, social connection) and evils (e.g., loneliness, FoM) of social media, and as a researcher, I aim to parse out the ways in which it fits into both categories.

I have recently become very interested in the spread of misinformation and rumors on social media in a variety of contexts. I’d like to know who spreads rumors, why they spread them, and the impact rumors have on psychological state, world views, and decision making of those who see them.

I also have been #blessed/#cursed with an applied, technical mind – this means that I’m always looking for ways to apply creative statistical methods and computational techniques to test interesting social psychological questions with big data.

Recent publications

Jones et al., (Dec 2016) - Tweeting Negative Emotion: An Investigation of Twitter Data in the Aftermath of Violence on College Campuses
Jones et al., (Sept 2016) - Media use and exposure to graphic content in the week following the Boston Marathon Bombings