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Jeremy Bailenson

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Jeremy Bailenson

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Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Thomas More Storke Professor in the Department of Communication, Professor (by courtesy) of Education, Professor (by courtesy) Program in Symbolic Systems, and a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment. He has served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication for over a decade. He earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1994 and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University in 1999. He spent four years at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and then an Assistant Research Professor.

Bailenson studies the psychology of Virtual and Augmented Reality, in particular how virtual experiences lead to changes in perceptions of self and others. His lab builds and studies systems that allow people to meet in virtual space, and explores the changes in the nature of social interaction. His most recent research focuses on how virtual experiences can transform education, environmental conservation, empathy, and health. He is the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford. In 2020, IEEE recognized his work with “The Virtual/Augmented Reality Technical Achievement Award”.

He has published more than 200 academic papers, spanning the fields of communication, computer science, education, environmental science, law, linguistics, marketing, medicine, political science, and psychology. His work has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation for over 25 years.

His first book Infinite Reality, co-authored with Jim Blascovich, emerged as an Amazon Best-seller eight years after its initial publication, and was quoted by the U.S. Supreme Court. His new book, Experience on Demand, was reviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Nature, and The Times of London, and was an Amazon Best-seller.

He has written opinion pieces for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, PBS NewsHour, Wired, National Geographic, Slate, The San Francisco Chronicle, TechCrunch, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has produced or directed six Virtual Reality documentary experiences which were official selections at the Tribeca Film Festival. His lab has exhibited VR in hundreds of venues ranging from The Smithsonian to The Superbowl.

Other Titles

Professor, Communication
Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Professor (By courtesy), Graduate School of Education
Member, Bio-X
Member, Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance
Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

Program Affiliations

Stanford Accelerator for Learning

Research Interests

Brain and Learning Sciences | Technology and Education

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Recent Publications

DeVeaux, C., Markowitz, D. M., Han, E., Miller, M. R., Hancock, J. T., & Bailenson, J. N. (2024). Presence and Pronouns: An Exploratory Investigation into the Language of Social VR. JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY.

Han, E., & Bailenson, J. N. (2024). Lessons for/in virtual classrooms: designing a model for classrooms inside virtual reality. COMMUNICATION EDUCATION, 73(2), 234–243.

Fauville, G., Voski, A., Mado, M., Bailenson, J. N., & Lantz-Andersson, A. (2024). Underwater virtual reality for marine education and ocean literacy: technological and psychological potentials. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH.

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