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Jeremy Bailenson, Ph.D.

Technical Advisor

Jeremy assists Cognitive Leap in ensuring cutting-edge technology is applied to real-world issues. Bailenson studies the psychology of Virtual and Augmented Reality, in particular how virtual experiences lead to changes in perceptions of self and others. Jeremy is the founding director of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University that hosted the world’s first college course conducted entirely in virtual reality. He is also a professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford, a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, a Member of Bio-X, the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance and the Wu Tsia Neurosciences Institute. Jeremy has published more than 200 academic papers, his work has been funded continuously by the National Science Foundation for more than 20 years, and he is the author of the book “Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality is, How it Works, and What it Can Do.”


Jeremy is a leading voice in the VR industry and consults on Virtual Reality policy for government agencies including the State Department, the US Senate, Congress, the California Supreme Court, the Federal Communication Committee, the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Research Council, and the National Institutes of Health. His opinion pieces have appeared in leading print sources including the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and Harvard Business Review. He has produced or directed six Virtual Reality documentary experiences which were official selections at the Tribeca Film Festival, and his lab’s research has been exhibited publicly at museums, including a permanent installation at the San Jose Tech Museum.


In 2020, IEEE recognized Jeremy’s work with “The Virtual/Augmented Reality Technical Achievement Award”, and he has received numerous “top paper” awards at conferences. He received a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Cognitive Psychology from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Northwestern University.

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