Mengqi (Maggie) Liao


Mengqi (Maggie) Liao

PhD Candidate



Mengqi (Maggie) Liao (M.A, Pennsylvania State University) is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate at the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State University. She investigates the processes and psychological effects of human interactions with different communication technologies, including emerging artificial intelligence (AI) applications(such as recommender systems, AI writers, and AI fact-checkers), social media, mobile devices, and virtual reality. Using a combination of experimental and computational approaches, her research aims to gain a deep understanding of the effects of different technological affordances on persuasion, users’ cognitive information processing, privacy concerns, misinformation susceptibility, psychological well-being, and trust. She has published her research in Journal of Advertising, Public Relations Review, Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and Proceedings of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).

Liao has experience teaching courses related to online digital analytics, quantitative research methods, media effects theory, effects of social media, and psychological effects of communication technology.



Mengqi (Maggie) Liao
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