Jeremy Bailenson

Founding director, Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University

Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Thomas More Storke Professor in the Department of Communication, Professor (by courtesy) of Education, Professor (by courtesy) Program in Symbolic Systems, a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, and a Faculty Leader at Stanford’s Center for Longevity. 

Bailenson studies the psychology of Virtual Reality (VR), in particular how virtual experiences lead to changes in perceptions of self and others. His lab builds and studies systems that allow people to meet in virtual space, and explores the changes in the nature of social interaction. His most recent research focuses on how VR can transform education, environmental conservation, empathy, and health.

His work has been consistently funded by the National Science Foundation for more than a decade, and he also receives grants from various Silicon Valley and international corporations. Bailenson has published more than 100 academic papers, and his writing has appeared in numerous publications. In addition to producing three VR documentary experiences, which have been official selections at the Tribeca Film Festival, Bailenson is the co-author of Infinite Reality and author of Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do.

Bailenson earned a bachelor’s from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University.