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Alexandra Paxton

Alexandra Paxton is an Assistant Professor in the Perception, Action, Cognition Division of the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut. As a cognitive scientist and data scientist, she takes a data-rich approach to studying communication and social interaction in the lab and in the "wild." Understanding how communicative context (including conversational goals, social connections, and physical spaces) shape emerging behaviors (including language, movement, decisions, and emotions) is a primary goal of her research, embedded within rich traditions of dynamical and ecological perspectives. She also develops methods to quantify social interaction, promotes open science research and education, and creates opportunities for cognitive scientists and psychologists who are interested in big data, naturally occurring data, and data science, with a special focus on data ethics. She is currently an academic editor for PLOS ONE, a consulting editor for Behavior Research Methods, and President-Elect of the Society for Computers in Psychology.


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Alexandra Paxton
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological Sciences
University of Connecticut
406 Babbidge Road, U-1020
Storrs, CT 06269


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