ICR News

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.

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.

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!


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

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