• Title Assistant Professor, Emerging Media Studies
  • Office B01A, 704 Commonwealth Ave
  • Phone 617-358-0172
  • Education B.A., Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
    M.A., Telecommunications, Indiana University
    Ph.D., Communication with Minor in Psychology, Stanford University

James Cummings completed his doctoral studies in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. He conducts research in human-computer interaction and the psychological processing of media, with areas of focus including multitasking, emotion, motivation, and physiological responses. His most recent work examines patterns, predictors, and effects of task-switching during laptop use and the technological factors influencing user presence, persuasion, and empathy in immersive media environments. He currently serves as co-director of the Communication Research Center (CRC), the College of Communication’s hub for media research, and is a research fellow within the Boston University Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy.

Dr. Cummings’ research on mobile computing, games, and virtual reality has been published in the Journal of Communication, Media Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction, the proceedings of the ACM CHI Conference, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Occasional Papers series. His professional experience includes freelance consultancy for mobile apps and social gaming, as well as user experience research at Google X.