ICR News

April 2022 –

Distinguished professor emerita Annie Lang has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Paul J. Deutschmann Award for Excellence in Research, awarded by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. More info

March 2022 –

Professor Lauren Reichart Smith, and graduate students Johnathan Anderson and Xan Smith presented research at the 2022 International Association for Communication and Sports Summit in Glassboro, N.J., March 3-6. “Nationalism in NBC’s Primetime Television Broadcast of the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games” by L.R. Smith and co-author P. MacArthur, and “’Let Them Play’ vs. ‘It’s an Outrage’: Female Athletes Attitudes and Perceptions about Transgender Participation in Sports by LR Smith, and a Top Paper Award to “Is it in the Game? Reflections for Race-based Stereotypes in EA SPORTS FIFA 22” by J. Anderson and X. Smith.

February 2022 –


Xia Zheng, Annie Lang, Anthony Almond, & Yaojun Harry Yan (2022). It Takes Guts to be a Rebel! A Dynamic Coordination Account of the Relationship between Motivational Reactivity, Social Morality, and Politic Ideology in Politics and the Life Sciences. Link

Lanier F. Holt, Morgan E. Ellithorpe, David R. Ewoldsen, & John Velez, (2022). Helping and Hurting on the TV Screen: Bounded Generalized Reciprocity and Interracial Group Expectations, Media Psychology. Link 

January 2022 –


Suzannah Evans Comfort, Mike Gruszczynski, and Nicholas Browning (2022). Building the Science News Agenda: The Permeability of Science Journalism to Public Relations. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Link 

Jimmy Ochieng (2022). News Sources and Framing of Responsibility on Devolution in Kenya, 2013-2017. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. Link

Seung Woo Chae and Sung Hyun Lee (2022) Sharing Emotion while Spectating Video Game Play: Exploring Twitch Users’ Emotional Change after the Outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Computers in Human Behavior. Link

December 2021 –


Jason T. Peifer, Taeyoung Lee, Gyo Hyun Koo (2021). Selectively Sharing Satirical News: Strengthening an Empirical Understanding of How Agreement, Mirth, and Perceived Informativeness Contribute to the Diffusion of Mediated Comedy. Computers in Human Behavior. Link

Xia Zheng & Hsein-Chang Lin (2021). How Does Online e-cigarette Advertisement Promote Youth’s e-cigarettes Use? The Mediating Roles of Social Norm and Risk Perceptions. Health Communication. Link

Emma Rodero & Lucia Cores-Sarria (2021) Best prosody for news: A Psychophysiological Study  Comparing a Broadcast to a Narrative Speaking Style” in Communication ResearchLink

Nathaniel Geiger, Janet K. Swim, Lizbeth Benson (2021). Using the Three-pillar Model of Sustainability to understand Lay Reactions to Climate Policy: A Multilevel Approach, Environmental Science & Policy. Link

November 2021 –


Xia Zheng, Annie Lang, David R. Ewoldsen (2021) Chapter – “The Measurement of Positive and Negative Affect in Media Research” in The Routledge International Handbook of Emotions and Media.

October 2021 –

The ICR’s project to increase media scholar authors of color citations (team of Wil Dubree, Harry Yan, Lucia Cores-Sarria, Rob Potter) was given a Media School Communication Science grant (special thanks to Chair Paul Wright) to continue building the database.  “Wil-Cite BIPOC” to be rolled out in the Spring semester.

Lauren Reichart Smith presented her work “Portrayals of East Asian Athletes in NBC’s Primetime Broadcast of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics” at the 15th International Symposium for Olympic and Paralympic Research virtual Symposium October 15-16.


Janet K. Swim & Nathaniel Geiger (2021). Policy attributes, perceived impacts, and climate change policy preferences. Journal of Environmental Psychology. Link

August 2021

Media School/ICR faculty & students presented research at AEJMC Conference, August 4-7.

ICR Director/Professor Rob Potter teaches an Intensive Freshman Seminar in the ICR – This Is Your Brain on the Media


Nathaniel Geiger, Janet K. Swim, Karen Gasper, John Fraser, & Kate Flinner (2021). How do I feel when I think about taking action? Hope and boredom, not anxiety and helplessness, predict intentions to take climate action. Journal of Environmental Psychology. Link

Janet K. Swim, Nathaniel Geiger, & Joseph G. Guerriero (2021). Not out of MY bank account! Science messaging when climate change policies carry personal financial costs, Thinking and Reasoning. Link

Xia Zheng, Wenbo Li, Su-Wei Wong, & Hsien-Chang Lin (2021). Social media and E-cigarette use among US youth: Longitudinal evidence on the role of online advertisement exposure and risk perception. Addictive Behaviors. Link

July 2021 –

Jessica E. Tompkins & Nicole Martins (2021). Masculine Pleasures as Normalized Practices: Character Design in the Video Game Industry. Games and Culture. Link

June 2021 –


Xia Zheng & Yanqin Lu (2021). News consumption and affective polarization in Taiwan: The mediating roles of like-minded discussion and relative hostile media perception. The Social Science Journal. Link

May 2021

Media School/ICR faculty & students presented research at the Virtual 71st Annual ICA Conference, May 27-31.


Lucia Cores-Sarria, Brent Hale, & Annie Lang (2021). Danger, Sex, and Everything Else: A Comparison of Camera Angle and Camera Distance effects across Pictures of Varied Emotional Content. Journal of Media Psychology. Link

Nathaniel Geiger, Brian McLaughlin, & John Velez (2021). Not all boomers: temporal orientation explains inter- and intra-cultural variability in the link between age and climate engagement. Climate Change. Link

Xia Zheng, Shiwen Wu, & Di Nie (2021). Online Health Misinformation and Corrective Messages in China: A Comparison of Message Features. Communication Studies. Link

April 2021

Media School Common Ground Graduate Students’ Conference – virtual conference will be April 9–10. Rethinking Globalization: Contemporary Approaches in Media and Communications. Link

March 2021 –

Top Paper Award to Jingjing Han and Annie Lang for “Can Media Make Us Feel Alike? Skin Conductance Synchrony as a Function of Message Valence, Arousal, and Emotional Change Rate”, International Communications Association – ICA 2021. (Information Systems Division).

John Velez contributed to Conversation.com on the benefits of video game play Link

Niki Fritz was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship! 


John A.Velez, Justin R. Keene, Melinda Corwin, Stacy Elko, Robert F. Potter (2021). A Visual Interactive Narrative Intervention (VINI) for aphasia education: Can digital applications administer augmented input to educate stroke survivors with aphasia? Patient Education and Counseling. Link

Zheng, X., Li, W., Wong, S. W., & Lin, H. C. (2021). Social Media and E-cigarette Use among US Youth: Longitudinal Evidence on the Roles of Online Advertisement Exposure and Risk Perception. Addictive Behaviors. Link

February 2021 –

Professors Nathan Geiger and Melanie Sarge are part of a project team that secured a grant from the U of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute. The grant is titled: The Promise and Risks of Framing Climate Change as a Migration Issue: Could evoking empathy for the victims of climate change spur Americans across the political spectrum to act to reduce its causes?


Rachel L. Bailey, Glenna L. Read, YaoJun Harry Yan, Jiawei Liu, David A. Makin, Dale Willits (2020). Camera Point-of-View Exacerbates Racial Bias in Viewers of Police Use of Force Videos. Journal of Communication. Link

December 2020 –


Communication and Contradiction in the NCAA: An Unlevel Playing Field.  Edited by Mike Milford and Lauren Reichart Smith. Link

Geiger, N., Pasek, M. H., Gruszczynski, M., Ratcliff, N. J., & Weaver, K. S. (2020). Political Ingroup Conformity and Pro-Environmental Behavior: Evaluating the Evidence from a Survey and Mousetracking Experiments. Journal of Environmental Psychology, Link

Geiger, N. (2020). Do people actually “listen to the experts”? A cautionary note on assuming expert trustworthiness and persuasiveness on public health policy advocacy. Health Communication. Link

November 2020 –


Lauren Reichart Smith & Paul J. MacArthur (2020).  Striking the Balance: The Portrayal of Male and Female Athletes on NBC’s Primetime Television Broadcast of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. Electronic News. Link

Papers being presented at the National Communication Association 106th Cconvention this month:

  • Author: Collins, R.  Title: Stories from tech company founders: A qualitative analysis of the NPR podcast ‘How I Built This’
  • Author: Chae, S.W.  Title: Who Are the Viewers of C-SPAN? Predicting Political Orientation of the Viewers of Politically Neutral Channels on YouTube
  • Authors: Velez J., Schmierbach M., Sherrick B., Chae, S.W., Tan, R, & Rosenberg K.  Title: Not Enough Cooks in the Kitchen: How Playing Games Together can Encourage Cooperative Task Completion
  • Authors: Yan, H., Read, Glenna, & Gonzales, A.  Title: Making Stability Dependable: Stable Cellphone Access Leads to Better Health Outcomes for Those Experiencing Poverty
  • Authors: Yan, H., & Shanahan, J.  Title: ‘Welcome to the Matrix’: Context and Anchoring Effects of Bot Recognition Tasks on Third-Person Perceptions of Social and Political Bots
  • Authors: Cores-Sarria, L., Hale B., Yan H., Rosenberg, K., & Lang, A.  Title: Danger, Sex, and Everything Else: A Comparison of Camera Angle and Camera Distance Effects across Pictures of Varied Emotional Content

Rob Potter presented his paper “Music Relevance and Social Association Impacts Implicit Measures of Appetitive Activation” at the 19th Annual Auditory Perception, Cognition, and Action Meeting (online).

October 2020 –


Brent J. Hale, Ryan Collins, & Danielle K. Kilgo (2020). Posting about Cancer: Predicting Social Support in Imgur Comments. Social Media + Society. Link

Rob Potter, professor and director of  the ICR was elected for a two-year term as secretary of the International Communication Association’s Communication Science and Biology Interest Group.

August 2020 –

Doctoral student Harry Yaojun Yan has been named one of two Knight Fellows by IU’s Observatory on Social Media, funded in part last year with a $3 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight FoundationLink

Lauren Reichart Smith presents at annual AEJMC conference – “Framing COVID-19 in Sport: A Content Analysis of ESPN’s SportsCenter as a First Draft of History” in the Sports Communication Interest Group session.

Doctoral Student Xia Zheng presents at annual AEJMC conference – “Wedging the Gap: A Multi-Level Analysis of Genre-specific Television and Internet Information Seeking Impacts on Health Knowledge Over 8 Years” in the Mass Communication and Society division session.

July 2020 –

ICR Research Restart Plan approved for resumption of research under Covid safe practices guidelines.

Doctoral student Ryan Comfort was awarded an IU Presidential Fellowship for 2020-2021.

Undergrad Wil Dubree presented his research at the IU Undergraduate Research Symposium – titled “Talking about Sexual Misconduct: Collegiate News Media and Twitter Conversation on College Campuses”.  Poster link

Doctoral student Ryan Comfort, professor Marissa Moorman and former assistant professor Danielle Kilgo, spoke in a panel –  “Confronting Racism: Conversations on Systemic Racism and Protest,” presented by the Arts and Humanities Council and the Center for Research on Race, Ethnicity and Society.

Doctoral student Allison Brown was awarded the 2020-21 Lee Fellowship from the Office of International Services.


Harry Yaojun Yan, Kai-Cheng Yang, Filippo Menczer, & James Shanahan, (2020). Asymmetrical perceptions of partisan political bots. New Media & Society. Link

Mike Gruszczynski (2020). How media storms and topic diversity Influence agenda fragmentation. International Journal of Communication. Link

May 2020 – 

Haley Hatfield was awarded a Media School Kern Innovation in Journalism Scholarship in support of her thesis.

Harry Yan launched an extension of the ICR research group with the objective to focus on Computational Communication Research (IUCCR).


Lauren Reichart Smith, Galen Clavio, & Annie Lang (2020). Does visual framing drive eye gaze behavior? The effects of visual framing of athletes in an increasingly visual social media world. Media Psychology. Link

Elko, S., Velez, J.A., Corwin, M., Keene, J.R. (2020). Rethinking patient–provider care through visual communication. Visual Communication. Link

April 2020 – 


Niki Fritz, Vinny Malic, Bryant Paul, Yanyan Zhou (2020). Worse than objects: The depiction of Black women and men and their sexual relationship in pornography. Gender Issues.

March 2020 – 

Indiana University, the Media School, and the ICR shut down due to Corona Virus pandemic.


Allison J. Brown (2020). “Should I stay or should I leave?”: Exploring (dis)continued Facebook use after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Social Media + Society. Link

Media School graduate students’ Common Ground conference  via Zoom online, Friday, March 27.

January 2020 –


Peifer, J., & Landreville, K. (2020). Spoofing presidential hopefuls: The roles of affective disposition and positive emotions in prompting the social transmission of debate parody. International Journal of Communication. Link

Gruszczynski, M. (2020). Evidence of partisan agenda fragmentation in the American public, 1959–2015, Public Opinion Quarterly. Link

Read, G. (2020) Processing ambiguous social identity: Disclosure of identity and phenotypic prototypicality affect processing and evaluation of persuasive messages. Journal of Communication. 70.

Jessica E. Tompkins, Teresa Lynch, Irene I. Van Driel, & Niki Fritz (2020). Kawaii Killers and Femme Fatales: A Textual Analysis of Female Characters Signifying Benevolent and Hostile Sexism in Video Games. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. Link

November 2019 –


Smith, L.R., Myrick, J.G., & Gantz, W. (2019). A test of the relationship between sexist television commentary and enjoyment of women’s sports: Impacts on emotions, attitudes, and viewing intentions. Communication Research Reports. Link.

Velez, J.A., Loof, T., Smith, C.A., Jordan, J.M., Villarreal, J.A. & Ewoldsen, D.R. (2019). Switching schemas: Do effects of mindless interactions with agents carry over to humans and vice versa? Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. Link.

October 2019 –

Professor Rob Potter, director of the ICR, coordinated The Media School’s participation in the campus-wide annual Science Fest. About 450 children and parents visited Franklin Hall science & technology stations, and ICR volunteers measured heart rate and skin arousal on 65 kids while they watched scary video clips!

Edo Steinberg and Xia Zheng were both accepted to the AEJMC: Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly Doctoral Student Reviewer Trainee Program 2019-2020.

A new grant award for – “Motivating climate change solutions in Indiana”, is funded by IU’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative (2019-21), and will be led by PI Shahzeen Attari (SPEA), with co-PI Nathan Geiger (Media School) and co-PI Landon Yoder (SPEA).

September 2019 –

John Velez (Assistant Professor) and team won an award for their study proposal submitted to the Pre-Registered Reports Panel and the Journal of Media Psychology, as part of the Media Psychology 2019 conference in Chemnitz, Germany  (http://mediapsychology2019.com/).  The award was given for the study titled, “That bygone feeling: Controller haptics and gaming nostalgia”, by Bowman, N.D., Wulf, T., Velez, J. A., & Breuer, J..

Xia Zheng, Jingjing Han, & Annie Lang were awarded funding for their research proposal submitted to “Psychophysiology, Cognition, and Political Differences” for a special issue of Politics and the Life Sciences. Link.


Hunt, K. & Gruszczynski, M. (2019). The influence of new and traditional media coverage on public attention to social movements: The case of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Information, Communication, and Society. Link.

July 2019 –


Kim, M. & Lu, Y. (2019). Testing partisan selective exposure in a multidimensional choice context: Evidence from a conjoint experiment. Mass Communication and Society. Link.

June 2019 –


Fox, J.R., & Steinberg, E. (2019). News you can’t use: Jon Stewart’s Daily Show media critiques. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Link.

Frederick, E., Pegoraro, A., & Smith, L.R. (2019). An examination of Michigan State University’s image repair via Facebook and the public response following the Larry Nassar scandal. Communication and Sport. Link.

Graduate student Ryan Comfort presented his work “Who sets the environmental agenda in Indian Country? Mapping information flows and identifying missed opportunities for sovereignty in storytelling” at the Conference on Communication and Environment, Vancouver, B.C.

May 2019 –

Glenna Read (PhD 2018) won the International Communication Association (ICA) 2019 Information Systems Division Annie Lang Dissertation Award.  This annual award recognizes the most outstanding dissertation, defended in the preceding year, focusing on a topic relevant to the Division.

Media School/ICR faculty & students presented research at 69th Annual ICA Conference in Washington DC, May 24-28.


Geiger, N., Swim, J.K., & Glenna, L. (2019). Spread the green word: A social community perspective into environmentally sustainable behavior. Environment and Behavior. Link.

April 2019 –


Midberry, J., Comfort, R., & Roskos, J. (2019). Celebrating life or adversity? The redefinition of features in the Pictures of the Year International contest. Journalism. Link.

March 2019 –

Jingjing Han, Media School PhD candidate and researcher in the Institute for Communication (ICR), is one of the recipients of “The 2018 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad”.  Specifically, Han has been awarded one of the top ten Special Excellence Awards, out of 500 awards conferred.  Top ten award winners receive $10,000 and remaining winners receive $6,000 each. The award ceremony given by the Education Office of the Chinese Embassy will take place at the Chinese Consulate in Chicago in April.

The recipients worldwide were chosen for their outstanding accomplishments in any discipline. This award is considered as the highest award given by the Chinese government to the graduate students who study outside of China and who do not receive any financial support from the Chinese government. The number of students leaving China to study abroad is around a half a million each year, making this prestigious award highly competitive. After the final review by domestic experts and reported to the Ministry of Education for approval in 2018, the National Excellent Self-financed International Student Scholarship identified a total of 500 winners, including 10 special awards.


Smith, L.R., Pegoraro, A., & Cruikshank, S.A. (2019). Tweet, retweet, favorite: The impact of Twitter use on enjoyment and sports viewing. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. Link.

Lu, Y. (PhD 2017) (2019). Incidental exposure to political disagreement on Facebook and corrective participation: Unraveling the effects of emotional responses and issue relevance. International Journal of Communication. Link

Smith, L.R. (2019). Stand up, show respect: Athlete activism, nationalistic attitudes, and emotional response. International Journal of Communication. Link.

January 2019 –


Lee, M., Potter, R.F., & Pederson, M. (2019). The Effects of Emotions on Cognitive While Processing Stadium-Embedded Advertising: A Dynamic Motivational System Approach. European Sport Management Quarterly. Link.

Lu, Y., & Lee, J.K. (2019). Stumbling upon the other side: Incidental learning of counter-attitudinal political information on Facebook. New Media & Society. Link.

Yan, H. (2019). “The rippled perceptions”: The effects of LGBT-inclusive TV on own attitudes and perceived attitudes of peers towards lesbians and gays. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Link.

Assistant Professor Jason Peifer has been named a 2019 Emerging Scholar by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).  The grant was awarded for his research proposal – “(Re)Building Credibility: Understanding How Transparency, Locality, and Perceived Importance Can Contribute to Fostering Media Trust.”

Amanda Reed graduated (BA Game Design/Psychology) with honors, and was nominated for Outstanding Senior Project for her ICR study “Impacts of Game Play on Friendship.”

December 2018 –


Geiger, N. & Swim, J.K. (2018). Gendered Impressions of Issue Publics as Predictors of Climate Activism. Frontiers in Communication. Link.

Peifer, J.T. (2018). Liking the (Funny) Messenger: The Influence of News Parody Exposure, Mirth, and Predispositions on Media Trust. Media Psychology, 21(4),529-557.  Link.

November 2018 –

PhD Candidate Cole Stratton won the Kern Kern Scholarship for Innovation in Journalism (Information about the Kern award).

PhD Candidate Kelsey Prena was awarded runner-up for the Psychology of Technology Institute Dissertation Award.

October 2018 –

Media School professor Rob Potter, director of the Institute for Communication Research, worked with graduate students and game design and production faculty to bring Science Fest to The Media School for the first time to show the community how science and media work hand-in-hand.

PhD Candidate Jingjing Han was accepted into the Reviewer Trainee Program hosted by AEJMC, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.


Wulf, T., Bowman, N. D., Velez, J. A., & Breuer, J. (2018). Once Upon a Game: Exploring Video Game Nostalgia and Its Impact on Well-Being. Psychology of Popular Media Culture. Link.

Velez, J.A., Ewoldsen, D.R., Hanus, M.D., Song, H. & Villarreal, J.A. (2018). Social Comparisons and Need Fulfillment: Interpreting Video Game Enjoyment in the Context of Leaderboards. Communication Research Reports, 35(5), 424-433. Link.

Lee, M., Potter, R.F., Lim, C.H., & Pederson, P.M. (2018). The effectiveness of advertising embedded in televised sport programming: How team performance influences formation. Sports Management Quarterly, 27(4), 221-235.  Link. 

September 2018 –


Sites, J.D., Potter, R.F. (2018). Everything Merges with the Game: A Generative Music System Embedded in a Videogame Increases Flow. Game Studies, 18 (2). Link.

Evolutionary Psychology and Digital Games: Digital Hunter-Gatherers, Breuer, J., Pietschmann, D., Liebold, B. & Lange, B. Eds (2018).  Link to book. Chapters:

(Potential) Incubators of prosocial behaviors: An evolutionary approach to understanding dynamic social video game play interactions (Velez, J. A.)

Learning to play: How virtual world affordances drive adaptation and learning in Grand Theft Auto (Lang, A., Han, J., Zheng, X., Almond, A., Lynch, T. and Matthews, N.)

Evolutionary formidability mechanisms as moderators of fear experience (Lynch, T.)

The interplay between morality and video games (Matthews, N.)

Wagner, M., & Gruszczynski, M. (2018). Who Gets Covered? Ideological Extremity and News Coverage of Members of the US Congress (1993-2013). Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. Link.

Peifer, J.T. (2018) Imitation as Flattery: How TV News Parody’s Media Criticism Can Influence Perceived News Media Importance and Media Trust. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. Link.

Kim, Minchul (2018). Neuroticism and Information Seeking Surrounding the 2014 U.S. Ebola Outbreak: Evidence from Internet Panel Study and Internet Search Trend Data. International Journal of Health & Media Research, 2(2), 77-100. Link.

August 2018 –

ICR studies being presented at AEJMC conference in Washington DC –

Spoofing Presidential Hopefuls: The Roles of Affective Disposition, Emotions, and Intertextuality in Prompting the Social Transmission of Debate Parody, Jason Peifer and Kristen Landreville.

Content Analysis of Music Alcohol-Abusing Women and Controls Associate with ‘Going Out’ versus ‘Staying Home,’ Anastasia Nikoulina, Thomas James, Joshua Sites, Edgar Jamison-Koenig, Glenna Read and Robert F. Potter.

Celebrating Life or Adversity? The Redefinition of Features in the Pictures of the Year International Contest, Jennifer Midberry, Ryan Comfort, Joseph Roskos. (Top Paper in the Visual Communication Division).

Link to see more Media School faculty and students presenting and receiving awards at AEJMC!


Tompkins, J. & Lynch, T. (2018). The Concerns Surrounding Sexist Content in Digital Games. Chapter in C. Ferguson, Video Game Influences on Aggression, Cognition, and Attention (pp 119-136).

Kim, Minchul & Kim, Cheonsoo (2018). Personality Basis for Partisan News Media Use: Openness to Experience and Consumption of Liberal News Media. Mass Communication and Society, 21(6), 814-833. Link.

Fox, J.R. (2018). Journalist or jokester? An analysis of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. In J.C. Baumgartner & A.B. Becker (Eds.), Political humor in a changing media landscape: A new generation of research (pp. 29-44). Lanham, MD: The Rowan & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. Link 

Steinberg, E. (2018). Freedom of the press in Israeli and American satire. In J.C. Baumgartner & A.B. Becker (Eds.), Political humor in a changing media landscape: A new generation of research (pp. 233-250). Lanham, MD: The Rowan & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. Link 

July 2018 –


Potter, R.F., Sites, J., Jamison-Koenig, E., Zheng, X. (2018) The Impact of Cognitive Load on the Cardiac Orienting Response to Auditory Structural Features during Natural Radio Listening Situations.  Journal of Cognition, 1(1), 39. Link.

June 2018 –


Russell B. Clayton, Annie Lang, Glenn Leshner  & Brian L. Quick (2018) – Who Fights, Who Flees? An Integration of the LC4MP and Psychological Reactance Theory. Media Psychology. Link.

Conference presentation –

PhD student Ryan Comfort presented preliminary results at the 6th Iowa State University Summer Symposium on Science Communication from his ICR study (with PhD student Harry Yan), called Trust in Stereotypes: Implicit and Explicit Attitudes towards Native American Sources in Science News.

April 2018 –


Sungkyoung Lee, & Robert F. Potter (2018) – The Impact of Emotional Words on Listeners’ Emotional and Cognitive Responses in the Context of Advertisements. Communication ResearchLink

Glenna L. Read, Irene I. van Driel & Robert F. Potter (2018) – Same-Sex Couples in Advertisements: An Investigation of the Role of Implicit Attitudes on Cognitive Processing and Evaluation. Journal of Advertising. Link

Brent Hale & Maria Elizabeth Grabe (2018) – Visual war: A content analysis of Clinton and Trump Subreddits during the 2016 campaign. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. Link.

IACS Summit 2018 conference being hosted in The Media School, April 26-28, spearheaded by Lauren Smith and Galen ClavioInternational Association for Communication & Sport  For details on events, speakers, and schedule.

PhD student Jingjing Han has been awarded an Indiana University Graduate & Professional Student Government 2018 Research Award.

Glenna Read, PhD, has been selected for the Visiting Professor Program,  sponsored by the Association of National Advertisers Educational Foundation. VPP provides an immersion program in New York City connecting industry professionals with academia.

March 2018 –

ICR Director Rob Potter presents to a crowd at RadioDays Europe in Vienna

Doctoral student Jess Tompkins presents her ICR games studies in San Francisco

Media School researchers receive AEJMC Awards!

Emily Metzgar, Suzannah Evans Comfort, and Danielle Kligo have been awarded grants to support their research by the 2018 AEJMC Senior and Emerging Scholars Program. Announced in March 2018 AEJMC News.

February 2018 –


Minchul Kim (2018) – Parental Influence on Adolescent Preference for Television Public Affairs Content: A South Korean Panel Study. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Link.

Glenna Read, Teresa Lynch, & Nicholas Matthews (2018) – Increased Cognitive Load during Video Game Play Reduces Rape Myth Acceptance and Hostile Sexism after Exposure to Sexualized Female Avatars, in the journal Sex Roles. Link.

ICR partners with WTIU for focus group research project

January 2018 –

Media School faculty & students to present research at International Communication Association Conference in Prague in May 

Almond, A., & Fritz, N., Motivation for and perceived risks of sexting. ​

Clayton, R. B., Keene, J.R, Lang, A., Leshner, G., Ellis, A., Hendrickse, J., Secharan, R., & Wilde, M., Exposure to secondhand smoke messages and cognitive and emotional responses: Role of smoking status.

Han, J. & Lang, A., It’s a journey: From media effects to dynamic systems.  – Winner of a TOP PAPER award in Information Systems Division

Jamison-Koenig, E. & Potter. R. F., Continuous and summative assessments of musical complexity & intensity

Kim, Minchul, How neuroticism is related to individual and public information seeking behavior: A case of the 2014 U.S. ebola outbreak.

Kim, Minchul, Cao, Xiaoxia, & Grabe, Maria Elizabeth, Assessing news bias in the age of a polarized media environment: How pre-existing perception of partisan news source affects perceived news bias.

Martins, N. & Weaver, A.J., The effect of media exposure on relational aggression: A meta-analysis.

Myrick, J., Cores Sarria, L., Han, J., Newman, A., Floom, A., Potter, R.F., Embodied cognition and ‘tech neck’: A psychophysiological study of the impact of spinal flexion on cognitive and emotional processing of video messages.

Myrick, J., Gantz, W., Smith, L. – A test of the relationship between sexist television commentary and enjoyment of women’s sports: Impacts on emotions, attitudes, and viewing intentions.

Prena, K., Cheng, H. & Newman, S. D., Video gaming effects on activity within the hippocampus to promote memory.

Read, G. L., Partain, L.P.B., Gonzales, A. L., Vaughn, Z., Semivolos, A., & Anderson, P.B., A critical approach to investigating communication practices of marginalized populations using longitudinal field experiments.

Smith, L. – Stand up, show respect: Athlete activism, nationalistic attitudes, and emotional response.

Smith, L., Clavio, G., Lang, A. –They’re not looking at what you think: An examination of framing and visual attention. –  Winner of a Top Paper award in Sports Communication

Yan, H., The logic of preference: Mainstreaming homosexuality in the age of personalized TV.

Zheng, X., Almond, A., & Yan, H., Trait motivational reactivity modulates moral motives and political orientations.

Zheng, X. & Han, J., Ideology-based differences in physiological reactions to media messages.

Zheng, X., Wu, S.W., Di, N., & Dong, Z.N., Health misinformation and corrective message: Content and their contested structural features.

January 2018 –

Professor Rob Potter completes work as associate editor of The International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods 


Prena, K., Reed, A. Weaver, A. Newman, S. (2018). Game Mechanics Matter: Differences in Video Game Conditions Influence Memory Performance. Communication Research Reports. Link.

Peifer, J.T. (2018). Perceived News Media Importance: Developing and Validating a Measure for Personal Valuations of Normative Journalistic Functions. Communication Methods and Measures, 12(1), 55-79. Link.

December 2017 –


Justin R. Keene, Annie Lang & Travis Loof (2017)  Text On Screen: Can Emotionally Incongruent Combinations of Media Frames and Messages Elicit Coactivation in the Motivational Systems. Media PsychologyLink.

Media School Graduate Conference – February 23rd in Franklin Hall

November 2017 –

SnapStream technology expands television research capabilities

November 2017 –

Media School and ICR research presented at the National Communication Association annual conference (2017)

Racially ambiguous models increase advertising effectiveness by Glenna Read, Xia Zheng, Lucia Cores Sarria, Yanqin Lu,  & Rob Potter.

Fight or Flight? Testing Psychological Reactance Theory with the LC4MP and Trait Motivational Reactivity by Russell Clayton, Annie Lang, Glenn Leshner, Brian L. Quick, Joshua Hendrickse, Rachel Secharan, Madison Wilde.

Crossing the Color Line: An Examination of Mediators and a Social Media Intervention for Racial Bias in Selective Exposure to Movies by Andrew J. Weaver & Jessica R. Frampton.

Grades on Games: Why Research on Grades and Video Games is Still Important by Kelsey Prena & Andrew J. Weaver.

Outcomes of Men’s Competition with High and Low Skill Women Gamers by Teresa Lynch & Mary C. Murphy.

Interpretation as Journalistic Praxis: “Crawfishing” in the Lead-Up to the 2003 Iraq War by Kyle A. Heatherly.


Randy Minas published his ICR dissertation in the journal Decision Sciences – Minas, R.K., Dennis, A.R., Potter, R.F., & Kamhawi, R., Triggering Insight: Using Neuroscience to Understand How Priming Changes Individual Cognition during Electronic Brainstorming. Link to article.

October 2017 –

Gender Identity in Advertising study presented at SPR

Glenna Read- Bullock and Rob Potter traveled to Vienna, Austria to present research at the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR) annual conference.  The study, “News Highlighting Gender Identity of Models in Fashion Ads Affect Responses to the Ads Themselves,” was conducted in the ICR by Glenna Read, Xia Zheng, Lucia Cores Saria, Yanqin Lu & Robert Potter.

October 2017 –

Steinberg analyzes media trust impact of The Daily Show

October 2017 –


Ashley Kraus and Jess Myrick published their study on body image in advertising – Feeling Bad About Feel-Good Ads: The Emotional and Body-Image Ramifications of Body-Positive Media. Communication Research Reports. Link to article.

October 2017 –


Jess Myrick and Rachelle Pavelko published their work on how media portrayals may be trivializing mental illness. Examining differences in audience recall and reaction between mediated portrayals of mental illness as trivializing versus stigmatizing. Journal of Health CommunicationLink to article.

July 2017 –

Potter co-authors article in Human Communication Research

May 2017 –

Research presented at International Communication Association conference in San Diego

May 2017 –

Potter presents research on psychophysiological measures at heart rate boot camp in Denmark

April 2017 –

IU Research Equipment Fund supports ICR research

April 2017 –

Lynch wins top paper awards at BEA

March 2017 –

Research covers gamut of media effects