Ph.D., University of WisconsinM.A., Northern Illinois UniversityB.A., Wheaton College
General research on the effects of mass media. Research has included experimental work on the appeal of media violence, the effects of paranormal depictions in the media on paranormal beliefs and beliefs about science, and the effects of frightening films on emotional reactions of children and adults. Also conducting research on the "CSI effect" as well as the general impact of electronic media on interpersonal relationships and close connections. Some of this research culminated in the publication (with Dr. Will Miller) of Refrigerator Rights: Our Crucial Need for Close Connection (2008, Willow).
Media Effects Research: A Basic Overview (5th Edition) Wadsworth, 2015. More information click here.
A First Look at Communication Theory (9th Edition, with Em Griffin and Andrew Ledbetter) McGraw-Hill, 2015. More information click here.
Refrigerator Rights: Our Crucial Need for Close Connection (with W. Miller), Willow, 2008. More information click here.