Jeff Hancock, Founding Director, Professor of Communication
Hancock is founding director of the Stanford Social Media Lab and is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. Professor Hancock and his group work on understanding psychological and interpersonal processes in social media. The team specializes in using computational linguistics and experiments to understand how the words we use can reveal psychological and social dynamics, such as deception and trust, emotional dynamics, intimacy and relationships, and social support. Recently Professor Hancock has begun work on understanding the mental models people have about algorithms in social media, as well as working on the ethical issues associated with computational social science.
Sunny Xun Liu, Associate Director
Dr. Sunny Xun Liu is an Associate Director of the Social Media Lab at Stanford. Dr.Liu’s research focuses on the social and psychological effects of social media and AI, social media and well-being, and how the design of social robots impact psychological perceptions.
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Post Doctoral Scholars
Miner’s interests center around improving mental health by creating and deploying novel technologies in traditional and nontraditional care settings.
Huang is interested in studying how people form and maintain friendships and romantic relationships through the use of technology.
Luo’s research focuses on the psychology of communication technology, which involves the examination of interpersonal dynamics in computer-mediated communication (CMC) and social media affordances.
Metaxa-Kakavouli studies bias and information systems: identifying how cognitive biases at the individual level affect the technology we produce, as well as designing technological solutions for mitigating that bias.
Mieczkowski is interested in the connections between language and technology use, such as perceptions of affect in texting or the content of messages across social media platforms.
Joseff is a co-term student, pursing a master’s in Communication while finishing her B.A. in human biology, concentrated in social neuroscience, and minor in international relations. She is studying the psychological processing of political disinformation, specifically regarding the influence of partisan bias.
Lee is a junior majoring in Psychology and Communication. She is interested in studying interpersonal conflicts at the mass communication level, in addition to the affective impact of computer-mediated technologies.
French is broadly interested in computer-mediated and interpersonal communication. She is particularly interested in how social media and technology shapes and reflects one’s sense of self and one’s relationships, with a focus on how people construct and convey their identity online.
Markowitz investigates how communication messages are affected by social and psychological dynamics. He uses computational approaches to gather and analyze language data in the areas of deception, persuasion, and distress. More »
Suh is generally interested in how technology impacts well-being and health, and also how language use can reflect various aspects of well-being or health.