New Directions in the Psychology of Technology Research Conference

October 21-22,2016

University of Southern California, Davidson Conference Center
3409 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Sponsored by the USC Marshall School of Business with additional support from the UC Berkeley Center for Cybersecurity and USC's Institute for Creative Technologies.

New Directions in the Psychology of Technology Research Conference: October 21-22, 2016, USC Marshall School of Business

Across the behavioral sciences, scholars have become increasingly interested in understanding how technology is changing what it means to be human, including how people live, work, find meaning, make decisions, and interact. New Directions in the Psychology of Technology Research is a 2-day conference featuring emerging research in this rapidly growing area of the psychology of technology.

The conference will bring together cutting-edge researchers who work at the intersection of psychology and technology from a broad array of disciplines including psychology, sociology, organizational behavior, communications, computer science, anthropology, consumer behavior, behavioral economics, and others. Topics will include how technology is changing: (a) the self and identity, (b) processes related to judgment and decision making, (c) experiences of work – e.g., through human-robot collaborations, algorithm use, etc., (d) social interaction, and (e) opportunities for empirical and theoretical advancements in the fields of psychology and organizational behavior.

This conference is sponsored by the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business with assistance from the UC Berkeley Center for Cybersecurity and USC's Institute for Creative Technologies. See below for more details. If you have further questions, please contact conference organizers Nate Fast (Website | Email) or Juliana Schroeder (Website | Email).

Conference Schedule

The conference opens on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 12:00pm. We will meet in the lobby of the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC, 3540 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007, where we will catch a charter bus to USC's Institute for Creative Technologies. After the tour, we will head back via bus to the USC Davidson Center, 3409 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007, for dinner and opening talks. The evening will end at 9pm.

Saturday will open with breakfast at 7:00am at the USC Davidson Conference Center, 3409 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007. The conference will adjourn on Saturday, October 22nd at 5:00pm.

Travel and Accommodations

The closest airport is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. For your convenience, we have reserved a limited block of rooms at the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC, 3540 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007, which is located across the street from the conference venue. If you wish to stay at the Radisson USC, you can make a reservation online or by telephone (1-800-333-3333). Use the personal access code “PSYTEC” or mention “Psychology of Technology Conference Group” to ensure our group rate.

Due to traffic in the Los Angeles area, we recommend staying at the Radisson USC or at a hotel near campus in order to facilitate travel to and from the conference venue. If you would like to explore the surrounding area, find ideas here.


Nathanael Fast, University of Southern California

Nathanael Fast

Nathanael Fast received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University and is an Associate Professor of Management and Organization at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He is interested in the tools people use to lead, organize, and influence others. His primary lines of research examine the psychological determinants and consequences of organizational hierarchies, social networks, and the adoption of new and emerging technologies.

Juliana Schroeder, University of California, Berkeley

Juliana Schroeder

Juliana Schroeder is an Assistant Professor of Management of Organizations at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and Business from the University of Chicago, M.A.s in social psychology and advanced methods from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. from The Chicago Booth School of Business. Juliana is an experimentalist who studies mind perception: how people make judgments about others’ mental capacities and mental states. She is particularly interested in the effect of social media on mind perception, and in understanding predictors of dehumanization and anthropomorphism.


Maarten Bos, Disney Research

Maarten Bos

Maarten Bos is a Research Scientist at Disney Research, which is an innovation lab of The Walt Disney Company. He received his Ph.D. in behavioral science from the Radboud University in The Netherlands. Maarten started at Disney Research in 2013, after working as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Harvard Business School. He leads a group of behavioral scientists, with the mission to make people feel better and be better.

Peter Carnevale, University of Southern California

Peter Carnevale

Peter Carnevale studies negotiation and third-party mediation. He has published two books and more than 100 articles in leading scientific and management journals on this topic. Carnevale has served as the President of the International Association for Conflict Management, the premier association of scholars in the study of negotiation and social conflict, and as an adviser on negotiation and organizational conflict to many organizations and governments. His current research investigates the role of emotion expression by artificial humans (e.g., “avatars”) in negotiation.

Elizabeth Dunn, University of British Columbia

Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Dunn conducts experimental research on self-knowledge and happiness, with a current focus on how mobile technology can both support and undermine human well-being. She is the co-author of “Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending” (Simon & Schuster) with Dr. Michael Norton.

Jonathan Gratch, University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies

Jonathan Gratch

Jonathan Gratch is the Director for Virtual Human Research at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, a Research Full Professor of Computer Science and Psychology at USC and co-director of USC’s Computational Emotion Group. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois in Urban-Champaign. Dr. Gratch’s research focuses on computational models of human cognitive and social processes, especially emotion, and explores these models’ role in shaping human-computer interactions in virtual environments.

Rosanna Guadagno, University of Texas, Dallas

Rosanna Guadagno

Rosanna Guadagno is an Associate Professor in Emerging Media and Communication, with a joint appointment as an Associate Professor of Psychology. Her research interests focus on the confluence of three main areas: Social Influence in Mediated Contexts; Psychological Processes in Social Media, Video Games, and Virtual Environments; Gender Roles.

Jeff Hancock, Stanford University

Jeff Hancock

Jeff Hancock is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. Hancock and his group work on understanding psychological and interpersonal processes in social media. They specialize in using computational linguistics and experiments to understand how the words can reveal psychological and social dynamics, such as deception and trust, emotional dynamics, intimacy and relationships, and social support.

David Hoffman, Google

David Hoffman

David Hoffman leads the People Analytics Bets team which develops products that utilize People Science and Technology to drive quantifiable behavior change at scale in Googlers to improve their productivity, well-being and happiness. David has been at Google and with the People Analytics team since 2011 and has used data to influence people policies and programs since 2006 when he joined Capital One’s Workforce Analytics team. David’s work has been featured by The Conference Board in their publication on innovative evidence-based human resources. He is a refugee of the dismal science, having majored in economics as an undergrad at Washington University and in finance as an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is very happy to now be applying the skills he learned in the positive psychology-influenced world of Google People Operations, helping people have positive experiences at work. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife (and fellow Googler) Kara, twin daughters Adele and Charlotte and too many animals.

Andrea Hollingshead, University of Southern California

Andrea B. Hollingshead

Andrea B. Hollingshead is Professor of Communication and Associate Dean for Research at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Professor Hollingshead studies the relations between group communication, cognition and performance, and has worked in the area of groups and technology for many years. Her most cited publication is a coauthored book with Joseph E. McGrath: “Groups Interacting with Technology” published in 1994.

Sara Kiesler, Carnegie Mellon University

Sara Kiesler

Sara Kiesler is Hillman Professor of Computer Science and Human Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. Kiesler applies behavioral and social science methods and theory to technology design, especially to understanding how technologies challenge existing behavior patterns of individuals, groups, and organizations. She conducted among the first scientific studies of computer-mediated communication and early forms of the Internet.

Sara Konrath, Indiana University

Sara Konrath

Sara Konrath is an Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2007. Konrath is the director of the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research (iPEAR), a research lab with a primary focus on motivations, traits, and behaviors relevant to philanthropic giving, volunteering, and other prosocial behaviors. In her current work, she is using mobile phones to implement empathy-building programs.

Ethan Kross, University of Michigan

Ethan Kross

Ethan Kross is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan and the Director of the University of Michigan Emotion and Self-Control Laboratory. His research explores how people can control their emotions to improve our understanding of how self-control works, and to discover ways of enhancing self-control in daily life. He adopts an integrative approach to address these issues that draws on multiple disciplines within psychology including social, personality, clinical, developmental, and neuroscience.

Bertram Malle, Brown University

Bertram F. Malle

Bertram F. Malle is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University and Co-Director of the Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative at Brown. He was trained in psychology, philosophy, and linguistics at the University of Graz, Austria, and received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1995. His research focuses on social cognition (intentionality, mental state inferences, behavior explanations), moral psychology (cognitive and social blame, guilt, norms), and human-robot interaction (moral competence in robots, socially assistive robotics).

Larry Rosen, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Larry Rosen

Larry Rosen is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is a research psychologist and is recognized as an international expert in the "Psychology of Technology." Rosen's current research: generational differences in technology/media usage, impact of media on health, the role of technology use in sleep problems, PFC differences in executive functioning, and multitasking in the classroom. The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World (MIT Press with co-author Adam Gazzaley, MD, Ph.D.) is his 7th book on the impact of technology.

Brian Scassellati, Yale University

Brian Scassellati

Brian Scassellati is a Professor of  Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Mechanical Engineering at Yale University and Director of the NSF Expedition on Socially Assistive Robotics. His research focuses on building embodied computational models of human social behavior, especially the developmental progression of early social skills. His other interests include humanoid robots, human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence, machine perception, and social learning.

Ben Waber, MIT, Humanyze

Ben Waber

Ben Waber is President and CEO of Humanyze, a behavioral analytics company based off of my research. He is also a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab, where he received his PhD in the Human Dynamics Group working with Prof. Alex (Sandy) Pentland. Waber was previously a Senior Researcher at Harvard Business School in the Organizational Behavior group. His work centers around using real time data flows to rethink management of people, physical architecture, corporate planning, and training.

Data Blitz Speakers

Noah Castelo

Noah Castelo
(Columbia University)
Noah Castelo is a PhD candidate in behavioral marketing at Columbia University. His research addresses consumers’ comfort with and willingness to use emerging technologies.

David Newman

David Newman
(University of Southern California)
David Newman is a Ph.D. student in Management and Organization. His research interests include moral foundations theory, business ethics, among other things.

Jana Gallus

Jana Gallus
(University of California at Los Angeles)
Jana Gallus is an assistant professor in the strategy group at UCLA Anderson. Her research interests lie in behavioral economics and strategy.

Roshni Raveendhran

Roshni Raveendhran
(University of Southern California)
Roshni Raveendhran is a PhD candidate in Management and Organization at USC. She studies the phenomenon of micromanagement.

Arthur Jago

Arthur Jago
(Stanford University)
Arthur Jago is a 5th year doctoral student in Organizational Behavior at Stanford. Broadly, he researches ethics, technology, judgment and decision making.

Michael Yeomans

Michael Yeomans
(Harvard University)
Michael Yeomans is currently employed as a post-doctoral fellow in the department of Economics at Harvard University. He studies the Behavioral Science of Big Data.

Kostadin Kushlev

Kostadin Kushlev
(University of Virginia)
Kostadin Kushlev’s research interests encompass diverse questions within the area of human emotion and subjective experience.

Xuan Zhao

Xuan Zhao
(Brown University)
Xuan Zhao is a Ph.D. candidate in social psychology at Brown University. Her research interests include social cognition and mind perception, among other things.

Caitlin McCurrie

Caitlin McCurrie
(University of Melbourne)
Caitlin McCurrie is a current Ph.D. candidate within the Moral Psychology Lab at the University of Melbourne. Her broad research interests include assessing the implications of technology for moral and social psychology.

Frank (Jianqing) Zheng

Frank (Jianqing) Zheng
(UT Austin)
Frank Zheng is a doctoral student in Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests focus on how new technologies and social dynamics jointly influence consumer behavior.

Special Acknowledgments

The organizers wish to acknowledge the following people, without whom this conference would not have been possible: Chloe Autio, Connor Cook, Tom Cummings, Marie Dolittle, Magi Gordon, Gareth James, Jennifer Lim, Martha Maimone, Queenie Taylor, Brittany Torrez, and Mindy Truong.


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