Research

My research reflect my interests in behavior-change, individual differences, and digital media.

1. Everyday Behaviors and their links to Individual Differences and Life Outcomes

      • the StudentLife study examined the everyday behaviors (e.g., activity, sociability, mobility, sleep) associated with student well-being during a 10-week academic term 
      • the SmartGPA study examined the behavioral patterns (e.g., activity, sociability, mobility, sleep) and psychological states (e.g., stress, mood) associated with academic performance at the end of an academic term
      • the ongoing Student Stress study is examining the behavioral patterns (e.g., exercise, eating, sleep, sociability) associated with life stressors and their sources (e.g., academic, health-related, financial, relationships) during a 15-week academic semester

2. Personality Expression in Physical and Digital Environments

      • the World of Warcraft (WoW) study examined how personality is expressed and perceived in the avatars of WoW players
      • the Student Behavior study examined the relationship between student characteristics (demographic and personality factors) and their weekly behavioral patterns (activity and sociability) during an academic term
      • the ongoing Facebook Content study examines the dimensions of self-expression on the platform, and how personality and other individual differences are associated with Facebook behaviors (e.g., liking, commenting)
      • the ongoing PsychPulse study is examining the relationship between self-reported personality (traits and states) and behavioral patterns (both self-reported and objectively measured)

3. Perceptions and Use of Digital Media Tools

      • the Facebook Concerns study identified three broad concerns that people have about using FB (that it can be meaningless, a distraction, and involve privacy issues) and their relationship to individual differences (demographics, personality, and attachment style)
      • the ongoing Reactions to Self-Tracking study is examining people’s interest in and concerns about participating in research studies that use behavioral-tracking methods
      • the ongoing Smartphone Use study is examining the relationship people have to their devices and how this may influence their well-being

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