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Predicting Psychology from Social Media Data: David Stillwell, Cambridge Judge Business School

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Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education
University Lecturer in Big Data Analytics & Quantitative Social ScienceDeputy Director of the Psychometrics Centre
David Stillwell

University Lecturer in Big Data Analytics & Quantitative Social Science
Deputy Director of the Psychometrics Centre

BSc, MSc, PhD (University of Nottingham)

Research interests

Psychometrics; psychology; decision-making; social networks.

Subject group: Operations & Technology Management

Professional experience

Dr David Stillwell is Deputy Director of the School''s Psychometrics Centre.

In June 2007, between obtaining his first degree and embarking on his Masters, David began a personal side project designing applications for social networks. The result was the myPersonality Facebook application that allows users to take real psychometric tests and receive feedback on their results. Today myPersonality has collected data from more than six million people and the resulting database has become a priceless academic resource used by numerous researchers all over the world.

Since these early successes, the influence of David''s work has expanded considerably, so that today its impact ranges from targeted online advertising, psychometric adaptive test development, ipsative techniques in test design, the real-time analysis of online digital footprints, behavioural prediction and state-of-the-art school examinations.

Awards & honours

  • One of Pacific Standard''s Top 30 Thinkers under 30, 2014

Selected publications

Visit David Stillwell''s profile on Google Scholar

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Business Insider: What Facebook ‘likes’ say about you

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The Atlantic: The dark side of that personality quiz you just took

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Southern California public radio: The Loh down on science: Foul-mouthed facts

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Forbes Middle East: Keeping our human edge in a machine-dominated world

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New York Post: Facebook ‘likes’ are terrifyingly accurate window into your soul

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Science Alert: Good news, humans: Swearing can actually make you stronger

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INSEAD Knowledge: Our edge in a machine-dominated world

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Grazia Daily: Five bad habits that actually mean you’re brilliant (according to science)

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BBC News: Big data unites the study of stars with cancer research

London’s Science Museum is currently running an exhibition titled Our Lives in Data focusing on how data is collected, analysed and used. …

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Inc: Do you swear a lot? That may just mean you’re honest

People who swear are seen as more honest according to the study co-authored by Dr David Stillwell, University Lecturer in Big Data …

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BBC Radio 5 Live: Drive

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