I'm Matt Motyl.

I'm a political psychologist

I'm a behavioral data scientist

I'm a trust and safety professional

I'm a user experience expert

I'm an award-winning educator

based in San Francisco, California.

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About Me

Hello! I'm Matt Motyl.

I am fascinated by the ways in which technology can shape society. I've studied cognitive biases, misinformation, threats to democracy, and well-being for 18+ years, and have spent the past 7+ years working to use technology to promote the social good by consulting with numerous companies, civil society organizations, and policymakers. In my job in industry, I specialized in using behavioral data in novel ways to improve artificial intelligence and machine learning-based algorithms to identify and promote higher-quality civic, health, and news content in ranked feeds.

I am currently a Senior Advisor at the Psychology of Technology Institute, which is a project of the University of Southern California's Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making. As Senior Advisor, I am developing the Social Media Index, which is the first scientific attempt to compare the positive and negative experiences that people have across the most popular social media and communication platforms, managing and analyzing the data for a nationally representative and longitudinal panel survey of social media users in the United States, and advising product teams and policymakers on how to address problems on these platforms. I am a regular contributor to their blog Designing Tomorrow on Substack.

I am also a Resident Fellow at the Integrity Institute, which is a non-profit organization comprised of people with on-platform experience building and monitoring potential harms on some of the most widely-used technology platforms in existence.

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Most of my 60+ academic publications and corresponding research materials are accessible here, but you can also find copies of them on my Google Scholar page, PsyArXive, my Social Science Research Network homepage, my Academia.edu account, or my Research Gate account. If you are not able to access an article or its corresponding materials for any reason, let me know and I will be happy to send along all that I have (you can contact me at matt.motyl@gmail.com).


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