Sumer S. Vaid
MA' 18, BA' 18, University of Chicago
I am a computational media psychologist in-training at Stanford. I research how digital media can be used to study and alter psychological processes and outcomes. I use smartphone sensing and intensive longitudinal methods to collect multidimensional real-world datasets that contain data about objectively sensed behaviors as well as subjective self-report methods that capture people's feelings and thoughts. I analyze this data using a broad array of quantitate techniques ranging from correlational analysis to machine learning techniques. Outside of research, I enjoy writing science fiction and ruminating on various philosophical debates relating to the mind, communication processes and scientific methodology more broadly.