Selected Faculty Publications

These selected publications reflect the breath of research that faculty members in the Department of Communication conduct.


Pan, W., Feng, B., & Wingate, S. (2017).
What you say is what you get: How self-disclosure in support-seeking affects language use in support provision in online support forums.

Journal of Language and Social Psychology. doi: 0261927X17706983


Gillings, M. R., Hilbert, M., & Kemp, D. J. (2016).
Information in the biosphere: Biological and digital worlds
Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31/3, 180-189


Wartella, E., Beaudoin-Ryan, L., Blackwell, C. K., Cingel, D. P., Hurwitz, L. B., & Lauricella, A. R. (2016).

What kind of adults will our children become? The impact of growing up in a media-saturated world.

Journal of Children and Media10(1), 13–20. 


Feng, B., Li, S., & Li, N. (2016).
Is a profile worth a thousand words?: How online support-seeker’s profile features may influence the quality of received support messages.
Communication Research, 43, 253-276. 


Wojcieszak, M., & Azrout, R. (2016).
I Saw You in the News: Mediated and Direct Intergroup Contact Improve Outgroup Attitudes.
Journal of Communication, 66(6), 1032-1060 


Baghestanian, S., & Frey, S. (2016).

GO figure: Analytic and strategic skills are separable.

Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics64, 71–80. 


Zhang, J., Jemmott, J. B., & Jemmott, L. S. (2015).
Mediation and moderation of an efficacious theory-based abstinence-only intervention for African American adolescents.
Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association, 34(12), 1175–1184.


Zhang, J., Brackbill, D., Yang, S., & Centola, D. (2015).
Efficacy and causal mechanism of an online social media intervention to increase physical activity: Results of a randomized controlled trial.
Preventive Medicine Reports, 2, 651–657. 


Ruiz, J. B., & Bell, R. A. (2014).
Understanding vaccination resistance: Vaccine search term selection bias and the valence of retrieved information
Vaccine, 32(44), 5776–5780


Peña, J., & Blackburn, K. (2013).
The priming effects of virtual environments on interpersonal perceptions and behaviors
Journal of Communication, 63(4), 703–720


Cingel, D. P., & Sundar, S. S. (2012).
Texting, techspeak, and tweens: The relationship between text messaging and English grammar skills.
New Media & Society, 14(8), 1304–1320.


Willer, R., Sharkey, A., & Frey, S. (2012).
Reciprocity on the Hardwood: Passing Patterns among Professional Basketball Players.
PLOS ONE, 7(12), e49807. 


Hilbert, M., & López, P. (2011).
The world’s technological capacity to store, communicate, and compute information
Science, 332(6025), 60–65.


Shen, C., & Williams, D. (2011).
Unpacking time online: Connecting internet and massively multiplayer online game use with psychosocial well-being
Communication Research, 38(1), 123–149.


Yegiyan, N. S., & Lang, A. (2010).
Processing central and peripheral detail: How content arousal and emotional tone influence encoding
Media Psychology, 13(1), 77–99.


Castronova, E., Williams, D., Shen, C., Ratan, R., Xiong, L., Huang, Y., & Keegan, B. (2009).
As real as real? Macroeconomic behavior in a large-scale virtual world
New Media & Society, 11(5), 685–707.


Peña, J., Hancock, J. T., & Merola, N. A. (2009).
The priming effects of avatars in virtual settings
Communication Research, 36(6), 838–856.


Wojcieszak, M. E., & Mutz, D. C. (2009).

Online Groups and Political Discourse: Do Online Discussion Spaces Facilitate Exposure to Political Disagreement?

Journal of Communication59(1), 40–56. 


Lang, A., & Yegiyan, N. S. (2008).
Understanding the interactive effects of emotional appeal and claim strength in health messages
Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 52(3), 432–447.


Huesmann, L. R., & Taylor, L. D. (2006).
The role of media violence in violent behavior
Annual Review of Public Health, 27, 393–415. =


Peña, J., & Hancock, J. T. (2006).
An analysis of socioemotional and task communication in online multiplayer video games
Communication Research, 33(1), 92–109. =


Shah, D. V., Cho, J., Eveland, W. P., Kwak, N., & others (2005).
Information and expression in a digital age modeling Internet effects on civic participation
Communication Research, 32(5), 531–565.


Taylor, L. D. (2005).
Effects of visual and verbal sexual television content and perceived realism on attitudes and beliefs
Journal of Sex Research, 42(2), 130–137.


Dailey, R. M., & Palomares, N. A. (2004).
Strategic topic avoidance: an investigation of topic avoidance frequency, strategies used, and relational correlates
Communication Monographs, 71(4), 471–496. =


Cho, J., De Zuniga, H. G., Rojas, H., & Shah, D. V. (2003).
Beyond access: The digital divide and Internet uses and gratifications
IT and Society, 1(4), 46–72.


Barnett, G. A. (2001).
A longitudinal analysis of the international telecommunication network, 1978-1996
American Behavioral Scientist, 44(10), 1638–1655.


Kim, K., & Barnett, G. A. (1996).
The Determinants of International News Flow A Network Analysis
Communication Research, 23(3), 323–352.


Bell, R. A., & Daly, J. A. (1984).
The affinity-seeking function of communication
Communications Monographs, 51(2), 91–115.