Ph.D. Student, Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Instructor, PSYC 4200 (Social Psychology)
Lab Manager, MERLab
Incoming UX Research Intern, Facebook

Basic Information

404 Psychology
Office Hours:
By Appointment
  • PhD student in the Behavioral & Brain Sciences Program at UGA, under Dr. Keith Campbell
  • A skilled transformational leader, researcher, educator, organizer, and communicator with unique interdisciplinary qualifications and a robust interest in the relationship between technology, human behavior, personality and long-term societal outcomes.
  • Director of the 2017-18 Integrative Research and Ideas Symposium, the largest interdisciplinary research event ever held at UGA.
  • Founder of the ASPIRE K-12 Outreach Program, which connects underserved students at Title 1 public schools with graduate student and faculty mentors in science, technology, engineering, and math, with funding from the President’s Venture Fund.  
Lab office:
412 Psychology
Research Interests:

My research explores the "domain shift" in human behavior brought about by pervasive computer mediation in the day to day activities of modern humans.

Selected Publications:

Antwine, R. D., Snell, M. R., & Campbell, W. K. (2018, March). Utopia narratives, political identity, and moral values. Presented at meeting of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Atlanta.

Eiler, B. A., Doyle, P. C., Snell, M. R., & Al-Kire, R. L. (2018, June). Mixed media methodology: Using tech to explore social problems. Presented at meeting of Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Pittsburgh.

McCain, J. L., Weiler, P., Snell, M. R., & Campbell, W. K. (In review). Narcissism and online activism. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Snell, M.R. (2018). The streaming self: Big data, music preferences, and self-discrepancy reduction. 

Snell, M.R., Campbell, W.K. (2018). The dopamine hypothesis of social media. Manuscript in preparation.

Snell, M.R. (2018, March). On society and its discontents: Human behavior in virtual worlds. Presented at meeting of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Atlanta.

Snell, M.R. (2017). An imperfect shadow: Personality in the virtual world (master’s thesis). University of Georgia, Athens, United States. Snell, M.R. (2017). Personality Topography in the virtual world. Presented at meeting of Psychology of Technology Institute, Berkeley.

Snell, M.R., Campbell, W.K., McCain, J., Weiler, P., Siedor, L. (2017). Personality in the virtual world: Invariance, means, and a sketch of a discontents model. Manuscript in review.

Snell, M.R. (2018). The great domain shift in human behavior: Assessing the lexical hypothesis in the digital age. Manuscript in Preparation.

Snell, M.R. (2017). Health-related outcomes of the great digital migration: A meta-analysis of life course research. Presented at Integrative Research and Ideas Symposium, Athens.

Snell, M.R. (2017, January). Grindr: Relationship pursuits, sexually risky behavior, and authenticity in the early mobile broadband age. Presented at meeting of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio.

Snell, M.R., Campbell, W.K. (2017). Grindr profiles, implicit user motivations, and risky behavior: Implications for app design. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Weiler, P., McCain, J. L., McLane, W. L., Snell, M. R., & Campbell, W. K. (2018). Personality and minecraft: An exploratory study of the big five and narcissism. Manuscript in preparation.


B.M., Music Education, Hugh Hodgson School of Music 
M.S., Psychology, University of Georgia

Articles Featuring Michael Snell

Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 11:21am

BBS Graduate student Michael Snell received a prestigious UX Research internship with Facebook. He will be working in Menlo Park, California for 12 weeks this summer. Congratulations Michael!