The devices in our pockets and on our wrists often demand our immediate attention. They also facilitate full-scale reconsideration of how we study and optimize human behavior.
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- Nilam Ram
Professor of Communications & Psychology
Nilam’s (he/him/his) research grows out of a history of studying change. After completing his undergraduate study of economics, he worked as a currency trader, frantically tracking and trying to predict the movement of world markets as they jerked up, down and sideways. Later, he moved on to the study of human movement and psychological processes – with a specialization in longitudinal research methodology. Generally, Nilam studies how short-term changes (e.g., processes such as learning, information processing, emotion regulation, etc.) develop across the life span, and how longitudinal study designs contribute to generation of new knowledge. He is developing a variety of study paradigms that use recent developments in data science and the intensive data streams arriving from social media, mobile sensors, and smartphones to study behavioral change at multiple time scales.
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Up to now, there was no way to observe and track the affective impacts of the massive amount of complex visual stimuli that people encounter “in the wild” during their many hours of digital life.
Developmental Change in Infants’ Emotion Regulation Readiness and Regulation Proclivity; Tracking Divergence of Well-Being across Time; and Change in Affect as Individuals Move Through Physical and Digital Green Space in Everyday Life.