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 during collective traumas.
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.