sebastian deri's website

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here's my cv and google scholar page


research statement

1: i am a fifth year doctoral student in psychology at cornell. currently, i'm interested in deception and the internet's effects on people and society. previously, i've done research on political polarization, social comparison, and misperceptions of social influence. i've also interned and done research at facebook and nokia bell labs. i like working on interdisciplinary teams.

2: i am, for now, supported by a 4-year fellowship, called the NDSEG, which comes from money from the department of defense. i am deeply honored that my country would make this investment in my career and ideas. i feel a sense of obligation to make that investment worth their while.

3: i am troubled by problems that the methodological reform and open science movements have revealed about social psychology specifically, as well as science (e.g. social science, biological sciences) more generally. i support efforts to be more open and rigorous.

ongoing projects

here's a list of ongoing research projects, presented publically partly to keep myself accountable for finishing them

  • review paper on: does internet use cause "polarization", and how?
  • how do humans compare to computers at lie detection, and can the skills of both be combined?
  • are we more likely to believe "big" lies? and what is a big lie anyway?
  • other

  • how much is a lottery ticket worth?
  • a digital hourglass, using RShiny (in progress)