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Sara Kiesler

Sara Kiesler

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Technology is changing our lives to good effect and, sometimes, to not so good effect. I apply behavioral and social science techniques and theory, especially social psychology, to understanding people and technology. In my early studies with Lee Sproull and our colleagues and students, we learned how computer networking changed group dynamics and social interaction. Our book, Connections, described the indirect, secondary effects of using email in organizations.
I later worked with Bob Kraut on the HomeNet project, a study of the personal and social effects of household technology and the Internet on individuals and families.

My current projects include studies in the social and cognitive dimensions of human-robot interaction and a couple of large projects on collaboration and distributed work teams.


Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Communication, Language
  • Group Processes
  • Health Psychology
  • Internet and Virtual Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Social Cognition

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Courses Taught:

  • Applied Research Methods
  • Human Factors
  • Introduction to Human Computer Interaction
  • Project in Human Computer Interaction

Sara Kiesler
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-3891
United States

  • Phone: (412) 268-2848
  • Fax: (412) 268-1266

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