Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Li Junting Benjamin


Assistant Professor

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Email: BENJYLI@NTU.EDU.SG
Phone: (+65)67906395
Office: WKWSCI 03-03

Education
  • PhD Nanyang Technological University 2015
  • MComm Nanyang Technological University 2010
Biography
Dr. Benjy Li is currently an Assistant Professor in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. He received his PhD in Communication Studies from Nanyang Technological University. He was a recipient of the inaugural Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Scholarship in 2014 and spent two years in Stanford University (USA) as a postdoctoral researcher at the Virtual Human Interaction Lab in the Department of Communication.

Dr. Li studies the effects of virtual reality (VR) on human behavior and psychology, in particular the interplay of human senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste) of virtual food experiences on satiation and consumption behavior. He also has a keen interest in the use of VR as an emerging tech for digital interventions, especially in the areas of weight management, physical rehabilitation and elderly wellbeing. Other research interests include associations between head movements and emotions, human-computer interaction, augmented reality and 360 degree immersive videos.

Dr. Li has collaborated with several institutions, including the Stanford Prevention Research Center (USA), the Ministry of Health (Singapore), the Health Promotion Board (Singapore), and the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Singapore) in the development and testing of digital health interventions. His work has been published in outlets such as Computers in Human Behavior, Games for Health Journal, PLOS One, Frontiers in Psychology, and Journal of Adolescence. His paper entitled “Impact of Visual and Social Cues on Exercise Attitudes and Behavior of Overweight Children Playing an Exergame” received a Top Paper award at the 2011 International Communication Association Conference.
Research Interests
• Cross-modal experience of food in virtual environments

• Health communication through digital technology

• Influence of human-computer interaction on everyday life

• Presence and immersion in virtual reality

• Associations between head movements in virtual reality and affect

• Impact of augmented reality and 360 degree immersive videos on society
Current Projects
  • Exploring the effects of virtual reality on human psychology and behaviour in the areas of empathy, consumption and head movements
Selected Publications
  • May Oo Lwin, Benjamin Li Junting. (2016). Player see, player do: Testing an exergame motivation model based on the influence of the self avatar. Computers in Human Behavior, .

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