Digital technologies are deeply embedded in our everyday lives. We engage with a diverse set of devices and platforms to communicate, navigate our environment, and seek information or entertainment. As a result, social scientists are at the forefront of an urgent undertaking: to understand the psychological antecedents and consequences of digital technologies such as smartphones and social media.

In this preconference, researchers from psychology, communication, and computer science share their work and ideas for this area of research. The theme for the seventh meeting will focus in particular on social and mobile media, illuminating how they represent both a substantive domain of study and a methodological opportunity for studying human behavior. The invited symposia and panel will explore a wide range of related topics, including individual differences, user motivations, contextual factors, digital disparities, and well-being. A data blitz and poster session will feature the work of early career researchers.


Below is our list of confirmed invited speakers:

  • Sanaz Talaifar (Imperial College London)
  • Lynn Miller (University of Southern California)
  • Munmun De Choudhury (Georgia Tech)
  • Adriana Manago (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  • David Ellis (University of Bath)
  • Wendy Wood (University of Southern California)
  • David Lee (University of Buffalo)
  • Saeed Abdullah (Penn State University)
  • Catalina Toma (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Preconference Organizers

Gabriella Harari, gharari@stanford.edu, Stanford University
Joseph Bayer, bayer.66@osu.edu, The Ohio State University


This precon is accepting submissions for posters and data blitz only. All submissions must be completed by 11:59 PM PT on Nov. 15. If you have questions, you may email precons@spsp.org or the preconference organizer listed above.

Our Submission Guide outlines all the information needed for submitting to a preconference.