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Presenters: Bingqing Wang, Cassandra Alexopoulos, and Tessa DeAngelo

Nov 03, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

Kerr Hall 386

Presenter: Bingqing Wang

Author: Bingqing Wang

Title: Time and Evidence in Group Decision Making: The Evidence Equilibrium Model

Abstract: Groups are widely employed in organizations to make vital decisions. However, hidden profile research found that, often times, groups failed to make the optimal choice due to lack of information sharing and thorough consideration. Besides, little is known about the time process in group decision making. This paper reviews Group Evidence Unimodel (GEU) and Lay Epistemic Theory (LET), and proposes that evidence is the unifying element of persuasion in group decision making, rather than informational or normative influence. The accumulation of evidence leads to final group decision. Evidence Equilibrium Model, a two-phase group decision making model is proposed to depict the development of group decision making process in terms of the time sequence. Propositions and implications of the model are discussed.


Presenter: Cassandra Alexopoulos

Authors: Cassandra Alexopoulos and Jaeho Cho

Title: Father Knows Best: A Moderated Mediation Model of Parent-Child Communication, Risk Taking, Alcohol Consumption, and Sexual Experience

Abstract: The relationship between risk-taking personality and health-risk behaviors has been widely established, where people who like to take risks are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors such as having multiple casual partners and having unprotected sex. Drawing on a national U.S. sample from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, the present study examines the relationship between risk-taking personality and sexual experience among adults in their late 20s to early 30s, and the role of family (parent-child) communication in moderating this relationship. Findings indicated that, for both males and females, the effect of risk taking on sexual experience through alcohol use dissipated at high levels of father-child communication. However, mother-child communication did not have such moderating effects. Implications for the way in which we study parent-child communication are discussed.


Presenter: Tessa DeAngelo 

Authors: Tessa DeAngelo and Narine Yegiyan

Title: Exploring Motivated Information Processing in Online News: The Effect of Story Placement and Emotional Tone on Story Selection and Memory

Abstract: Prior research suggests that motivated processing theory may explain how online news messages are processed. This study conceptualized homepage information in a multilayered environment as centrally or peripherally located and developed a complementary operationalization of news placement according to corner position. Emotional tone effects were also examined for their influence on homepage navigation (headline clicks) and story detail encoding (central vs. peripheral detail recognition). Results of the experiment (= 210) indicated that screen corner position was a stronger predictor of story selection than centrality. Readers exhibited an emotional tone bias such that negative stories were selected earlier and better encoded.

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