Moral Media 2019
Dr. Allison Eden (PhD, Michigan State University) is an associate 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. She also organized the 2016 and 2017 meetings.
Richard (PhD, University of California Santa Barbara) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California Davis, principle investigator in the Cognitive Communication Science Lab, researcher in the Computational Communication Research Lab, researcher at the Center for Mind and Brain, and an officer of the International Communication Association’s Communication Science and Biology interest group. He studies how motivation influences the attitudes people hold, and the behaviors they adopt. He researches these questions using a variety of methodological techniques including: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), computational methods, and lab-based experiments.He helped organize the 2018 meeting.
Matt (PhD, Michigan State University) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University. His research examines moral judgments processes as they relate to the consumption of popular media, with a primary focus on narratives. For example, current projects explore how viewers come to evaluate characters as heroes and villains, what types of narrative content elicit moral emotions such as guilt, and why viewers prefer some types of narrative resolution over others. He helped organize the 2018 meeting.