Coye Cheshire's work focuses on trust and social interaction in technology-mediated exchanges. Since technology-mediated environments (e.g, social media) often change our ability to use the social cues that we rely on in face-to-face social interaction, they provide exciting opportunities for studying social phenomena. His current research topics include: (1) the role of trust and cooperation in interpersonal online interactions, (2) collective behavior and online collaboration, and (3) the use of virtual reality and biosensors to understand social psychological phenomena such as trust, cooperation and empathy.
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