Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has pioneered research on the use of Google searches and other Big Data sources to get new insights into the human psyche.
His book summarizing his research, Everybody Lies, will be published in May 2017 by HarperCollins.
Dr. Stephens-Davidowitz has used Google searches to measure racism, self-induced abortion, pregnancy symptoms, depression, child abuse, religious doubt, anxiety, son preference, therapy usage and sexual insecurity, among many other topics.
He received his BA in philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford, and his PhD in economics from Harvard. He worked for one-and-a-half years as a data scientist at Google and is currently a contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times.
In high school, he wrote obituaries for the local newspaper, the Bergen Record, and was a juggler in theatrical shows. He now lives in New York City and is a passionate fan of the Mets, Knicks, Jets, Stanford football, and Leonard Cohen.