Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Li Junting Benjamin
Assistant Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
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Dr. Benjamin (Benjy) Li is currently an Assistant Professor in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

Dr. Li is a recipient of the 2021 Social Science and Humanities Research Fellowship, awarded by the Singapore Social Science Research Council to outstanding early career social science and humanities researchers.

He was the inaugural Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow in 2014 and spent two years in Stanford University as a postdoctoral researcher at the Virtual Human Interaction Lab in the Department of Communication.

Dr. Li studies the effects of communication and media technologies on human behavior and psychology. This has revolved around two key areas:

First, the use of virtual/mixed reality technologies as a tool for digital interventions, especially in the areas of physical health, empathy, mental/social wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviour.

Second, the experience of fatigue as a result of media and communication technology use, manifesting through information fatigue and videoconference fatigue, among other consequences.

Other research interests include human-computer interaction, avatars, and multimodal sensory experiences in mixed reality.

Dr. Li has collaborated with several institutions, including the Stanford Prevention Research Center (USA), the Ministry of Health (Singapore), the Health Promotion Board (Singapore), and the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Singapore) in the development and testing of digital health interventions. His work has been published in journals such as New Media and Society, Computers in Human Behavior, and Media Psychology.

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• Impact of virtual reality technologies on individuals and society

• Experience of fatigue from media and communication technology use

• Health and environmental communication through digital technology

• Influence of human-computer interaction on everyday life

• Impact of virtual communication tools on attitudes and behaviour
  • Facing Plastic Waste through Virtual Reality (VR): Using Narratives to Promote Plastic Recycling Behaviours
  • Fostering Empathy for Older Adults Among Young Singaporeans Using Virtual Reality: Employing Embodied Perspective Taking via Construal Level Theory
  • Information Fatigue Among Online Information Seekers: Defining It and Exploring Its Impact
  • Strengthening the Social Fabric of Singapore: Perspectives From Intergroup Contact Theory (PICTO)
  • Trust to Train and Train to Trust: Agent Training Programs for Safety-Critical Environments [AISG RP]
  • Videoconference Fatigue: Defining it, understanding its impact and assessing potential solutions
Fellowships & Other Recognition
Social Science and Humanities Research Fellowship 2021
Humanities and Social Science International Postdoctoral Scholar 2015
Courses Taught
CS2008 Fundamentals of Research
CS2057 Media Effects
CS4037 Audience Research Methods
CS4042 Advanced Research Methods
CS4092 New Media and Society
CS4267 Effects of VR Technologies
CS4320 Immersive Journalism
Supervision of PhD Students
Shruti Malviya
Yang Yujia
Zhang Heng