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, a
Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, and a Faculty
Leader at Stanford’s Center for Longevity.
Bailenson studies the psychology of
Virtual Reality (VR), 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 VR can transform education, environmental conservation,
empathy, and health.
His work has been consistently funded by
the National Science Foundation for more than a decade, and he also
receives grants from various Silicon Valley and international
corporations. Bailenson has published more than 100 academic papers, and
his writing has appeared in numerous publications. In addition to
producing three VR documentary experiences, which have been official
selections at the Tribeca Film Festival, Bailenson is the co-author of Infinite Reality and author of Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do.
Bailenson earned a bachelor’s from the
University of Michigan and a doctorate in cognitive psychology from
found director, Virtual Human Interaction Lab,
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