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Nicholas A. Coles

Assistant Professor

University of Florida

I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida, where I direct the Social Science Collaboratory: a group dedicated to advancing open, collaborative, and quantitative methods in the social sciences.

Much of my work focuses on affective science, big team science, and AI. For example, I have leveraged a variety of methods to examine the extent to which the conscious experience of emotion is built off sensorimotor feedback from the peripheral nervous system (e.g., changes in heart rate and muscle tension). More recently, I founded the Emotion Physiology and Experience Collaboration, which seeks to understand how advancements in machine learning might be used to monitor, understand, and change humans’ emotions – for good and bad. Through this kind of work, I have written about the benefits and challenges of big team science.

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