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Founding Director, Assistant Professor of Communication

Gabriella Harari

Harari’s research examines how personality is expressed in physical and digital contexts in everyday life. More specifically, she examines what digital media technologies, and smartphones in particular, reveal about people’s behavioral patterns and psychological states. In her current work, she examines individual differences in socializing behaviors (e.g., texting, calling, using social media apps, in-person conversations), and links these behavioral patterns to psychological characteristics (e.g., personality traits) and life outcomes (e.g., well-being). She is also studying whether smartphone-based self-tracking of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can promote self-insight and positive changes in behavior.