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“The events of this week also cause me to believe even more strongly, if that’s possible, in building an inclusive environment that recognizes and respects people of all backgrounds and experiences. I remain committed to that and hope you will do what you can to eliminate racism, sexism, and other negative influences on our progression as a nation.”

We join Chancellor May in these efforts toward building diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment in the Department of Communication and at the University of California Davis. To learn more, including a list of resources are available for students in crisis, need of support, or who have experienced racism or bias, click here.

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ICA20 Research Showcase

Researchers in the Department of Communication will present 42 unique research studies at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association. Three of these studies won Top Paper awards.

Research conducted by graduate students and faculty in the Department of Communication will be heavily represented at this year's meeting of the International Communication Association. Researchers in the Department earned three Top Paper Awards and a total of 42 different studies were accepted. In addition, our faculty serve a number of important leadership roles at ICA. Narine S. Yegiyan is the current Chair of Information Systems, Cuihua (Cindy) Shen is the incoming Chair of Computational Methods, and Richard Huskey is the incoming Vice Chair of Communication Science and Biology. Below is a full list of the studies being presented at ICA this year.

Acic, I., Stevens, H., & Yu, X. How Gay Men Discuss Their Bodies Online: A Content Analysis.

Brunner, S. R., Mann, S., & Ruiz, J. B. GIFTS: Once upon a time: Using family stories to teach social learning theory.

Bulat, B., Wojcieszak, & Hilbert, M. Political Bot Influence on User Emotions: A Time Series Approach.

Bullock, O. M., Shulman, & Huskey, R. Enhancing our Understanding of When and Why Narrative Persuasion is Successful: A Test of Processing Fluency and Identification.

Calabrese, C., & Zhang, J. Leveraging online shares for HIV prevention: Effects of social media virality metrics on message evaluation, perceived risk, and HIV testing intention. 

Carter, M. C., Cingel, D. P., Zhao, Y., & Wartella, E. Exploring individual differences and adolescent use patterns on a novel social media platform: Digital trace data from the Trill Project.

Carter, M. C., Cingel, D. P., Zhao, Y., & Wartella, E. Heath tag following on the Trill Project: A first look at an anonymous social media site curated for youth health.

Cingel, D. P., Carter, M. C., & Wartella, E. Adolescent conceptualizations of different social media platforms.

Cingel, D. P., Zhao, Y.,& Taylor, L. B. Adolescents’ use of Instagram and Snapchat, and relations to body satisfaction.

Dienlin, T., Johannes, N., Bowman, N. D., Masur, P. K., Engesser, S., ..., Huskey, R., ..., & Vreese C. D. An Agenda for Open Science in Communication.

Featherstone, J. D., Ruiz, J. B., & Barnett, G. Exploring Childhood Vaccination Themes on Twitter: A Semantic Network Analysis.

Featherstone, J. D., Zhang, J., Calabrese, C. & Wojcieszak, M. Effects of Source Credibility in Fact-checking Messages to Correct Vaccine Misinformation.

Featherstone, J. D., Sun, Q., Zhang, J., & Chapman, J. Classifying and Understanding the Semantic Structures of Vaccine Misinformation on Twitter.

Flores, P. M. Are users retweeting or quoting tweets? Understanding the role of emotions for engagement in the information sharing process.

Frey, S. & Zhong, Q. Learning to govern an online community.

Gong, X., Duff, B. An Exploration Account of Media Multitasking: The Exploration-Exploitation Model to Explain Media Multitasking Behavior.

Gong, X., Yegiyan, N. When To Switch? An Information Foraging Model of Media Switching Behaviors.

Huang-Isherwood, K. M., Peña, J., & Warner, J. Personality Traits and Power of Gun Perception Affect the Relationship Between Violence Justification and Guilt.

Huskey, R. & Calcagnotto, L. Ground Truth of Measurement Error: Tools for Validating Reaction Time Stimuli in the Era of Open Science.

Kim, C. & Palomares, N.A. Affective Motivation and Ability Predict Emotional Goal Pursuit: Future Time Perspective Moderates the Relationship.

Lee, S., & Cho, J. When CNN praises Trump: Effects of source and content on hostile media perception.

Liao, W., Zhang, J., Oh, Y., & Palomares, N. A. Linguistic accommodation enhances compliance to donate: The role of interpersonal processes in mediated conversations. Top Paper

Mann, S. The impact of family communication patterns on emerging adults' sexting behaviors.

Mann, S., Cingel, D. P., Lauricella, A. R., & Wartella, E. Parent media use and knowledge about adolescent life: Implications for parent efficacy.

Oh, Y. J., Youk. S. B., Ryu, J. Y., Lim, J. I., & Park. H. S. The AI doctor will see you now: The effect of human vs. AI doctor on patient adherence.

Peña, J., & Navarro, J. Can Avatar Appearance Influence Physical Activity? Experimental Effects on Cardiac Frequency and Step Counts.

Peña, J. & Wolff, G. H. Virtual Reality and Political Outgroup Contact: Can Avatar Customization and Common Ingroup Identity Reduce Social distance?

Rains, S., Keating, D., Banas, J. A., & Palomares, N. A. The state & evolution of Communication Research from 1918-2015.

Taylor, L. B., Cingel, D. P., & Sumter, S. R. Instagram filtering and female body image.

Sun, Q., Shen, C., Ratan, R., & Williams, D. Why do You Stop Playing? Effects of Toxicity in MMOs.

Sun, Q. & Wojcieszak, M. Overtime Trends in Incivility on Social Media: A systematic study of Reddit comments over thirteen years.

Stevens, H., Weigel, S., & Palomares N. A. Biased beliefs about blame in news coverage of campus sexual assault: Does perpetrator status moderate the effects of sobriety on victim-blaming?

Weeks, B., Menchen-Trevino, E., Calabrese, C., & Wojcieszak, M. Partisan Media and Political Misperceptions.

Wenjing, P., Peña, J., Liu, D., & Yao, J. Body Esteem Mediating the Effects of Social Comparison on Men’s Weight-Loss Planned Behaviors.

Wilcox, S., Huskey, R. & Deandrea, D. Social Distance and Attitudes Effects. Top Paper

Wojcieszak, M., Yu, X., Casas, A., Woolley, S., Tucker, J., & Nagler, J. “Ingroup filtering” of outgroup messages online: Its prevalence and effects.

Yu, C., Liao, W., Margolin, B. D. Prosociality and two types of crowdsourced reviews: Lodging option and policy change trigger distinct socioemotional language use in the host and guest reviews on Airbnb.

Yu, X. Wojcieszak, M., Lee, S., Casas, A., Azrout, R., & Gackowski, T. The (null) effects of happiness on affective polarization and misinformation beliefs: Evidence from five survey experiments in three countries.

Zhan. Y & Yegiyan, N. Perceived Message Importance Modulates the Emotion Spillover Effect.

Zhang. J., Oh, Y. J., & Feng, S. Predicting successful persuasion based on conversational dynamics: Markov Chain models and sequence analyses.

Zhong, Q. & Frey, S. Institutional Similarity Drives Cultural Similarity in Online Communities. Top Paper

Zhong, Q. & Hilbert, M. An Agent-Based Network Model on the Conversion between Cultural Capital and Social Capital.