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Matthew Lombard
Associate Director

M.I.N.D. Lab, Temple University

Matthew Lombard (Ph.D., Stanford University) is an Associate Professor in the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is the chair of the Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media; a faculty member in and former director of the Mass Media & Communication doctoral program; and Director of Research for the School. He teaches introductory and advanced graduate courses in research methodology, with emphases on survey, experimental and content analytic methods and statistical analysis tools. His research centers on individuals' psychological and physiological processing of media presentations and experiences, with particular focus on the concept of (tele)presence, the illusion of being in and/or with people in a virtual environment. His work has appeared in journals including Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, CyberPsychology & Behavior, Human Communication Research, Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Behaviour & Information Technology, and Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. He co-founded and is president of the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR; and moderates the presence-l listserv, a cross-disciplinary discussion forum related to presence theory and research. For more detailed information please visit


  • Temple Presence Inventory [>]
  • Telepresence in Popular Culture [>]


  • When "real" seems mediated: Inverse presence. [>]
  • Toward a core bibliography of presence. [>]

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