Moral Media 2018
Richard (PhD, University of California Santa Barbara) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University, a member of the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, and officer of the Communication Science and Biology interest group at the International Communication Association. His research investigates how motivation shapes attitudes and behavior.
Matthew’s (PhD, Michigan State University) research examines the cognitive, emotional, and psychobiological effects of media entertainment (TV, film, and video games). Specifically, his research emphasizes how media entertainment exploits evolutionarily-derived psychological processes to determine viewers’ responses to media messages. Some recent topics of his research include the ability of video game play to elicit moral emotions (e.g., guilt), the influence of solo versus cooperative video game play on economic decision-making (e.g., increased/decreased generosity), and the salience of ingroup biases influencing transportation into narratives.
2016 & 2017 Meetings
Dr. Allison Eden (PhD, Michigan State University) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication. Her work focuses on understanding media enjoyment from a psychological perspective. She focuses on the role enjoyment plays in attention to and selection of media content, and more broadly the effects of entertainment on behavior and well-being.