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NCA21 Research Showcase

Researchers in the Department of Communication will present 21 unique research projects at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. One of these projects won a Top Paper award. Several faculty and graduate students also serve in important leadership roles.

Research conducted by graduate students and faculty in the Department of Communication will be heavily represented at this year's meeting of the National Communication Association. Researchers in the Department earned one Top Paper Award and a total of 21 different projects were accepted.

In addition, Dr. Heather J. Hether Chairs the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Continuing Series and the Communication Assessment Division. Dr. Jeanette Ruiz is the Nominations Committee Representative for the the Mass Communication Division. Dr. Laramie Taylor Chairs the Mass Communication Division. Graduate Students are also involved in leadership roles. Lindsay Roberts is the Graduate Student Representative for the Mass Communication Division and Lauren B. Taylor is the Graduate Student Representative Elect for the Mass Communication Division.

Below is a full list of the research being presented at NCA this year.

Acic, I., Roberts, L., & Taylor, L. D. Ideal-Body Media and Gay Men's Self-Discrepancy.

Acic, I. & Taylor, L. D. Effects of Self-Objectification on Viewers’ Narrative Engagement.

Calabrese, C. & Zhang, J. Small group mobile app intervention to increase HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) intention among gay and bisexual men.

Gong, X. J., Huskey, R., Eden, A, & Ulusy, E. Computationally Modeling Mood Management Theory: A Drift-Diffusion Model of People’s Preference for Valence and Arousal. Top Paper.

Hether, H. J., O'Connor-Coates, E., & Crittendon, R. #PreteenvaxCA: Evaluation of a Coordinated, Multi-agency Pre-teen Immunization Promotion Campaign.

Kumari, N. & Taylor, L. D. Women and Persuasion: Factors Influencing Persuasiveness of Online Feminist Messages.

Oh, Y. J., Calabrese, C., & Stevens, H. Tweet Concretely: Examining the relationship between concrete language and perceived temporal distance to COVID-19 vaccination.

Rasul, M. & Smith, J. “It is what it is”: Trump, Twitter, and Moral Disengagement.

Rhea, S. V. & Ruiz, J. B. Framing the Focus: Reporting Sexual Consent in California College Campus News Stories Before, During, and After an Attack.

Rhea, S. V. & Stevens, H. The Effect of TikTok Use on Body Dissatisfaction.

Roberts, L., Ruiz. J. B., & Taylor, L. D. Ideology in the Manosphere: A Semantic Network Analysis of an Online Space for Men to Talk about Gender.

Stevens, H., Acic, I. & Rhea, S. LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health During COVID-19: Longitudinal Analysis of r/LGBTeens Reveals Increased Anxiety in Topics and Trends.

Stevens, H., Acic, I., & Taylor, L. D. Responses to Sexual Assault: Linguistic Features of News Reports Predict Online Incivility.

Taylor, L. B. & Cingel, D. Age inappropriate content in children’s favorite YouTube videos.

Taylor, L. D. Homophily and Genre as Predictors of Strength of Parasocial Relationships.

Tseng, J. T., Peña, J., & Xue, H. Investigating the Effects of Information and Communication Technology Among Long-Distant Familial Intergenerational Dyads.

Wang, Y., Zhang, X., Zhong, Y., & Cionea, I. Same Pandemic, Different Responses: Mortality Salience and Cultural Value Defense for the Chinese and U.S. Americans.

Weisman, W. D. & Peña, J. Uncanny Valley Meta-Analysis.

Xue, H. Effects of Language Intensity and Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the Misinformation Corrections and Evaluations of Fact-checking Agencies.

Yu, M., Carter, M. C., & Cingel, D. Talking about sex––A content analysis on sexual topics addressed in nine Netflix Original, adolescent-directed series’ subtitles.

Yu, M., Carter, M. C., Cingel, D., & Ruiz, J. B. Aggression in Netflix Original, Adolescent-Directed Series: A Content Analysis of Series’ Subtitles.