Here are a list of our on-going projects and some representative, recent publications related to those projects. For a full list of publications, please refer to the publications page.

Technology and Health / Psychological well-being

There are numerous technologies that can support healthy living, ranging from emotional support via social media to chronic disease management. Our lab is currently working on a number of different health technology projects including 1) Utilizing social media to improve mental health through social support and 2) Using games for stroke rehabilitation.

Games, live streaming, and eSports

Live streaming and esports are relatively new cultural trends that are recreational activities that require high technology specifications. Current projects are aimed at understanding more about people’s behaviors in these environments with the aim of developing better systems, such as 1) Understanding virtual currency/ economies, 2) Relationships between streamers and viewers, 3) Moderation practices to deal with online harassment, and 4) live streaming e-commerce/shopping. We are collaborating with researchers in Clemson University and Google. Our work is supported by the Mozilla Foundation and National Science Foundation.

News Consumption in the Age of Social Media

Crystallization is a network model of information flow and reality formation. This model incorporates network theory into the traditional agenda-setting theory and proposes that members of one’s social networks become “neo agenda setters.” We are also doing empirical work on how people consume news through mobile social media and how it influences their political engagement.

Robots and Bots

We are examining the role that physical robots, conversational agents (e.g., Alexa, Siri), and virtual bots play in communication via technology.

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