Sensing the Behavioral Manifestation of Personality in Daily Life

Colloquium | February 5 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Gabriella Harari, Assistant Professor, Stanford University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

People around the world own digital media devices (e.g., smartphones, wearables, smart home appliances) that mediate and are in close proximity to their everyday behavior and contexts. These devices contain mobile sensors and metadata logs that can be collected to obtain fine-grained records of personality-relevant information. In this talk, I will present findings from our smartphone sensing studies that show how smartphones can be harnessed to understand and assess individual differences in everyday behavioral tendencies (e.g., talking in person, calling, texting). I will conclude with a discussion of some of the core opportunities and considerations for sensing research, pointing to how sensing will transform our understanding of the behavioral manifestation of personality in the context of people’s natural lives.

Dr. Gabriella Harari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, where she leads the Media and Personality Lab. Her research examines how personality is expressed in physical and digital contexts in everyday life. In particular, she studies what digital technologies (e.g., smartphones, social media) reveal about personality, and how digital technologies are changing personality. Dr. Harari completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship and earned her PhD at the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. She completed her BA in Psychology & Humanities from Florida International University, where she was also a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Her work has been published in academic outlets such as Perspectives in Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and the Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT)., 510-642-5050