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Located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan, researchers from the SMART Labs at Wayne State University examine issues surrounding social media, decision making, and communication. Broadly, we explore public perceptions of artificial intelligence, and how AI is subtly changing our communication behavior in everyday life. In the past, we have studied how people use the romantic matching algorithms embedded in online dating websites and mobile apps to make decisions about their relational future.


At present, our lab is investigating how autonomous AI-based algorithms impact how we make medical decisions, such as cancer diagnoses. Our current research agenda looks at how people's thoughts, feelings, and perceptions of AI affect their acceptance of machine-made melanoma diagnoses.

Our work is currently sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Wayne State University Provost's Office.

Lab Members & Affiliates

Lab Graduates

Brandon Burbank (BA), William Cooper (MA), Elena Corriero (PhD), Elizabeth Diviney (BA), Allison Elam (MA), Jasmine Grotto (BA), Liyan Ibrahim (BA), Brittany Jefferson (MA), Benjamin Lennemann (BA), Daniel Nguyen (BA), Prathyusha Tadi (BS), Chad Van De Wiele (BA), Kunto Wibowo (PhD), Andrew Wirth (BA)