Jan-Philipp Stein

Jan-Philipp Stein
University of Wuerzburg | JMU

Dr. rer. nat.

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Introduction
Post-doctoral psychologist studying digital media, virtual environments, social machines—and the people using them.

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Publications (20)
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For more than 40 years, the uncanny valley model has captivated researchers from various fields of expertise. Still, explanations as to why slightly imperfect human-like characters can evoke feelings of eeriness remain the subject of controversy. Many experiments exploring the phenomenon have emphasized specific visual factors in connection to evol...
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Recent research suggests that social networks have replaced traditional media as the main channel by which beauty ideals are conveyed—often resulting in body dissatisfaction and reduced self-esteem among users. Although social comparison theory provides an empirically sound approach to these effects, we argue that additional insight may be offered...
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The harassment of researchers working in the social sciences—not rarely an organized effort targeting members of marginalized groups—is most alarming. Its implications reach from severe personal consequences to the risk of scientific self-censorship. We invite readers to engage in a much-needed discourse about this worrisome phenomenon.
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In early 2020, a South Korean TV documentary invited a grieving mother to interact with the digital recreation of her deceased daughter in a virtual reality scenario. Despite having what most people would consider an emotionally draining experience, the woman ultimately expressed nothing but gratitude for the unorthodox project. Inspired by this fi...
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Digitally created online celebrities (so-called virtual influencers) have appeared on various social media and video streaming platforms. While the scientific community has recently started to take an interest in this new phenomenon, it still remains mostly unclear how online audiences engage with—and relate to—these artificial digital creations. T...
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When interacting with sophisticated digital technologies, people often fall back on the same interaction scripts they apply to the communication with other humans-especially if the technology in question provides strong anthropomorphic cues (e.g., a human-like embodiment). Accordingly, research indicates that observers tend to interpret the body la...
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Meal-concurrent media use has been linked to several problematic outcomes, including higher caloric intake and an increased risk for obesity. Nevertheless, the sociocultural and dispositional predictors of using media while eating are not yet well-understood, including potential cross-cultural differences. Inspired by the recent emergence of a new...
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Human-like robots and other systems with artificial intelligence are increasingly capable of recognizing and interpreting the mental processes of their human users. The present research examines how people evaluate these seemingly mind-reading machines based on the well-established distinction of human mind into agency (i.e., thoughts and plans) an...
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Social networking sites such as Instagram provide users with numerous social comparison cues, potentially leading to envy and lower self-esteem. We conducted two experiments, examining whether such negative consequences could be mitigated by brief cognitive interventions. In Experiment 1 (N = 391), we reminded users of the unrealistic nature of mos...
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Humanoid robots (i.e., robots with a human-like body) are projected to be mass marketed in the future in several fields of application. Today, however, user evaluations of humanoid robots are often based on mediated depictions rather than actual observations or interactions with a robot, which holds true not least for scientific user studies. Peopl...
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In recent years, online video blogs (vlogs) have become a highly popular form of media content, especially among younger audiences. While public interest has invoked a strong commercialization of vlog culture, research suggests that the concurrent loss of performer authenticity might pose a problem for the genre’s appeal. Preparing the same vlog co...
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Digital technologies are advancing rapidly, growing to be more human-like and intelligent by the day. However, research shows that a machine's resemblance to humans can reach a critical level, which makes it seem uncanny to observers. While scholars have discussed this effect in terms of both human-like appearances and mental abilities, a potential...
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As artificial intelligence advances towards unprecedented levels of competence, people's acceptance of autonomous technology has become a hot topic among psychology and HCI scholars. Previous studies suggest that threat perceptions—regarding observers’ immediate physical safety (proximal) as well as their more abstract concepts of human uniqueness...
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Smartphone use while walking (i.e., being a smartphone zombie) has become a prevalent phenomenon in many cities worldwide. Previous research shows that many pedestrians choose to interact with their phones as they walk around in cities, despite being aware that their behavior might be dangerous. To investigate potential reasons for the prevalence o...
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Embodied agents—i.e. digital systems represented by a virtual or robotic body—are used as persuasive tools in many different contexts. Still, psychological research indicates that for an agent to successfully influence its audience, many design factors have to work together to create a likable and trustworthy impression. Tapping into literature on...
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In recent years, China and Germany have become invaluable partners in business, politics, and science. However, psychological research indicates that the countries’ large-scale affinity does not translate onto the individual level, with many Germans expressing more reservations towards China than vice versa. Previous content analyses have connected...
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In human-to-human contexts, display rules provide an empirically sound construct to explain intercultural differences in emotional expressivity. A very prominent finding in this regard is that cultures rooted in collectivism-such as China, South Korea, or Japan-uphold norms of emotional suppression, contrasting with ideals of unfiltered self-expres...
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Fueled by tragic incidents worldwide, many studies have investigated dispositional factors that lead to virtual abuse and cyberbullying. In contrast to this, less extreme forms of uncivil online behavior have received only little attention. The current paper strives to overcome this research gap by focusing on uncivil commenting intentions in publi...

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