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Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

September 3, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

Welcome back to MSU! The start of September signals the new Fall semester and it also means it is time for another HRCC faculty feature!

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

August 6, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

The HRCC is happy to announce that the Faculty Feature for the month of August is Dr. Fashina (Shina) Aladé. Dr. Aladé is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She also serves as the Associate Editor of the Society for Research in Child Development’s Social Policy Report, and she has worked with several public media stations and outreach organizations on a variety of projects evaluating children’s television programs and online games.

I Like What You Like: Social Norms and Media Enjoyment

July 13, 2021 - Allison Eden and Kevin Kryston

People consume and enjoy similar media entertainment as their friends and close others do. Yet the underlying psychological processes driving selection and consumption of entertainment considered “mainstream” within a group are still unclear. Given that individuals’ behaviors and attitudes are influenced by the perceived prevalence of others’ behaviors (descriptive norms) and perceptions of what others approve (injunctive norms), this article examines the role of descriptive and injunctive norms in media selection and enjoyment.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

July 9, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

The HRCC is delighted to announce the Faculty Feature for the month of July is Dr. Bridget Walsh. Dr. Walsh is a certified speech-language pathologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. She directs the Developmental Speech Laboratory in the Communication Arts and Sciences building.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

June 4, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

The HRCC is excited to announce the June Faculty Feature of the Month is Dr. John Besley. Dr. Besley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences as well as the Ellis N. Brandt Chair.

American Scientists' Willingness to Use Different Communication Tactics

May 10, 2021 - John C. Besley, Todd P. Newman, Anthony Dudo, Leigh Anne Tiffany

The careful choice of tactics—such as specific messages, styles, channels, or sources—is how strategic science communicators ensure that the time and money going into communication results in intended changes to chosen audiences’ beliefs, feelings, and frames, as well as associated behaviors. Using a sample of scientists from American research universities (N = 516), we assess scientists’ willingness to use 11 different communication tactics and the relationship between these tactics and potential predictors. We find that scientists are open to a range of communication tactics. Practical and theoretical implications for science communication are discussed.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

May 7, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

We are thrilled to announce this month’s faculty feature is Dr. Stephanie Beth Jordan. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information and a core faculty in the Center for Gender in a Global Context at Michigan State University.

Sandi Smith Research Fellowship Winners

May 4, 2021 - Amber Wise

The highest human act is to inspire: Sandi Smith Research Fellowship awarded to Ms. Leigh Anne Tiffany, Mr. Nolan Jahn, and Ms. Shelby Wilcox.

Problematic Social Media Use and Social Support Received in Real-Life Versus on Social Media: Associations with Depression, Anxiety and Social Isolation

May 3, 2021 - Dar Meshi and Morgan Ellithorpe

Social media platforms allow people to connect with each other and obtain social rewards. In some individuals, these reinforcing rewards can induce maladaptive, problematic social media use, with symptoms similar to substance use disorders. This problematic social media use has been associated with poorer mental health. Previous studies have demonstrated that social support can protect against poor mental health. People can receive social support both in real-life and on social media, however, so we investigated whether these two types of social support mediate the relationship between problematic social media use and poor mental health.

Showing They Care (Or Don't): Affective Publics and Ambilvalent Climate Activism on TikTok

May 2, 2021 - Bruno Takahashi, Perry Parks, Jing Zeng, and Samantha Hautea

The microvideo platform TikTok has emerged as a popular hub for self-expression and social activism, particularly for youth, but use of the platform’s affective affordances to spread awareness of important issues has not been adequately studied. Through an exploratory multimodal discourse analysis of a sample of popular climate change-hashtagged TikTok videos, this study examines how affordances of visibility, editability, and association facilitate the formation of affective publics on TikTok.

Using Speech Acts to Elicit Positive Emotions for Complaints on Social Media

April 27, 2021 - Young Anna Argyis, Kafui Monu, Yongsuk Kim, Yilu Zhou, Zuhui Wang, Zhaozheng Tin

A carefully tailored tone in response to a complaint on social media can create positive emotions for an upset customer. However, very few studies have identified what response tones, based on an established theory, would be most effective for complaint management. This study conceptualizes a service agent's response tones based on Ballmer and Brennenstuhl's (1981) classification of speech acts and examines how an agent's use of speech acts elicit positive emotions for the complainant.

All night long: problematic media use is differentially associated with sleep quality and depression by medium

April 12, 2021 - Allison Eden, Morgan E. Ellithorpe, Dar Meshi, Ezgi Ulusoy and Sara M. Grady

Media use appears to adversely affect sleep quality. Yet, findings remain inconsistent based on medium, duration, and manner of use. Given the recent, widespread rise in consumption of video on-demand services and social media platforms, problematic use of these media has become of interest to media and sleep researchers. Although research has looked at the correlation between problematic media use and sleep, to date no studies have compared different media platforms to better understand the processes.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

April 2, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

The HRCC is excited to announce the April HRCC featured faculty member of the month is Dr. Maria D. Molina. Dr. Molina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising & Public Relations.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

March 5, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

We are pleased to share the March HRCC featured faculty member of the month is Dr. Bruno Takahashi. Dr. Takahashi is an Associate Professor of Environmental Journalism and Communication at Michigan State University with a joint appointment in the School of Journalism and AgBioResearch.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

February 12, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

February's HRCC featured faculty member is Dr. Elizabeth Dorrance Hall. Dr. Elizabeth Dorrance Hall is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Michigan State University and Director of the Family Communication and Relationships Lab.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

January 29, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

January’s HRCC featured Faculty Member of the Month is Dr. Monique Mitchell Turner. Dr. Turner is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Communication at Michigan State University. Prior to this appointment, she served as Associate Dean of MPH programs at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.