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Jeremy Bailenson

Stanford University
Professor of Communication; Founding Director, Virtual Human Interaction Lab
Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, a professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford, a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, faculty director of Stanford’s Digital Learning Forum, and a faculty leader at Stanford’s Center for Longevity.

Bailenson’s main area of interest is the phenomenon of digital human representation, especially in the context of immersive virtual reality. He explores the manner in which people are able to represent themselves when the physical constraints of body and veridically rendered behaviors are removed. He designs and studies virtual reality systems that allow physically remote individuals to meet in virtual space, and he explores the manner in which these systems change the nature of verbal and nonverbal interaction. In particular, he explores how virtual reality can change the way people think about education, environmental behavior, empathy, and health.