Jens is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and a member of the Division of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences.
As a lecturer, Jens is currently course leader for the BSc (Hons) Psychology course and teachers chiefly on Social Psychology and Cyberpsychology. He also regularly supervises 3rd year dissertations and Masters projects.
As a researcher, Jens's interests focus on social interactive settings, social media use and human-computer interaction. He is currently Director of Studies to three PhD projects in these areas. One of his core questions concerns novel ways of assessing the impact of technology use on everyday socialising.
Recent research examples include:
- Technology-mediated interaction patterns and media multiplexity
- Composition of online social networks and online social tension
- Use of multiple social network sites
- Intrinsic motivation in computer gaming
In terms of theoretical background, Jens is fascinated by issues surrounding co-operation and competition; social exchange theories of relationships; the novelties that internet-based technologies add to these areas; applications of social psychological theories and models; and the overlap between social and evolutionary and cognitive psychology.