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Michael Snell

Ph.D. Student
UX Researcher and Coordinator, Verizon
Research Pool Coordinator

Basic Information

Curriculum Vitae:
Office:
404 Psychology
Office Hours:
By Appointment

Michael Snell 

I specialize in computational approaches to the study of human-computer interaction, with a primary focus on the collection, integration, and interpretation of information distributed across multiple sources and measures of individual behavior. I am especially interested in the marriage of structured and unstructured data, such as between natural language, direct behavioral measures, and longitudinal surveys. For example, prior research has leveraged user-generated text, user profile characteristics, and self-report measures of risky behavior in order to examine health-relevant decision-making on location-based dating applications. Other projects have explored the contextual determinants of music preferences on streaming platforms like Spotify and the emergence of group norms through language use on social media. One of my utmost goals as a career scientist is to advocate for rigorous cross-functional and multidisciplinary collaboration in research, both in basic and applied settings. In practice, this means approaching knowledge gaps with the right questions, building cultures of shared ownership over research processes, and communicating for impact. 

Interests:
  • Psychometrics
  • Scale Construction
  • Personality and Personality Coherence 
  • Data Integration
  • Technology
  • Research Processes
  • Research Communication

 

 

Lab office:
412 Psychology
Research Interests:

I specialize in psychometric approaches to the study of human-computer interaction, with a primary focus on the collection, integration, and interpretation of information distributed across multiple sources and measures of individual behavior. I am especially interested in the marriage of structured and unstructured data, such as between natural language, direct behavioral measures, and longitudinal surveys. For example, prior research has leveraged user-generated text, user profile characteristics, and self-report measures of risky behavior in order to examine health-relevant decision-making on location-based dating applications. Other projects have explored the contextual determinants of music preferences on streaming platforms like Spotify and the emergence of group norms through language use on social media. One of my utmost goals as a career scientist is to advocate for rigorous cross-functional and multidisciplinary collaboration in research, both in basic and applied settings. In practice, this means approaching knowledge gaps with the right questions, building cultures of shared ownership over research processes, and communicating for impact.  

Grants:

President's Venture Fund 
 

Dissertation/Thesis Title:
An Imperfect Shadow: Personality in the Virtual World
Anchoring of Archetypes: An Integrative Account of Social Identity and Personality in an Era of Data Abundance
Degree Completion Date:
Selected Publications:

Antwine, R. D., Snell, M. R., & Campbell, W. K. (2018, March). The vision we share: Political narratives, moral values, and utopia. 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. Accepted for presentation 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.

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

Snell, M.R., Campbell, W.K. (In review). Grindr profiles, implicit user motivations, and risky behavior: Implications for app design.

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., Pugh, D.T., Campbell, W.K. (2019). Sound and self: The role of music preferences in reducing discrepancies between the actual and ideal self. Accepted for presentation at annual meeting of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Portland.

Snell, M.R. (2018, March). On society and its discontents: A prospective theory of 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). 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. (2017). Personality invariance in the virtual world. Presented at meeting of Psychology of Technology Institute, Berkeley.   

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

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.

Education:

M.S., Psychology, University of Georgia
PhD Student, 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!

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Leonard L. Martin

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