Departments/Site Areas: Research

What Voters’ Sweat Levels, Facial Expressions, Reveal about Their Feelings for Candidates

Election focus groups aimed at discerning which presidential candidate has the best shot at occupying the White House for the next four years generally pepper participants with lots of questions, then methodically analyze their answers. Now comes a different kind of study from Boston University researchers—a biometric quest that measures participants’ physiological reactions to candidates, as… Read More

Meet COM’s First Doctoral Recipient, Sarah Krongard

It seems there’s always something to celebrate at COM, and the 2019 fall semester marked one particularly noteworthy achievement — PhD candidate, Sarah Krongard, passed her dissertation defense and became the college’s first doctoral recipient. Sarah arrived at Boston University four years ago with an extensive and impressive resume, already established as a leader in media… Read More

Kelsey Prena

Kelsey Prena’s research is on the neurological effects of video game play. Particularly, she focuses on how video gaming influences learning and memory and how past experiences can lead to differences emotional affect. This research has involved collecting and analyzing neuroimaging, behavioral and survey data. One of the goals of Kelsey’s research is to extend… Read More

Tammy Vigil’s Book Moms in Chief Explores the Pitfalls Women in Politics Face

There may be no better time to talk about women’s political rhetoric than right now, with as many as five women already seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. And that makes publication of Tammy R. Vigil’s new book, Moms in Chief: The Rhetoric of Republican Motherhood and the Spouses of Presidential Nominees, 1992–2016 (University Press of Kansas, 2019),… Read More

Dr. Lei Guo wins Top Faculty Paper at International Communication Conference

Emerging Media Studies faculty Dr. Lei Guo won Top Faculty Paper at the 2017 International Communication Association Conference in San Diego with her paper “Global Agenda Setting: A Big Data Analysis of International News Flow,” co-authored with Chris Vargo from The University of Colorado Boulder. The updated version of the paper has been recently published… Read More

Binge-watching and Politics? Emerging Media Studies Research Connects the Two

Is binge-watching your favorite series effecting your political engagement? Jacob Groshek, Assistant Professor, Emerging Media Studies and Sarah Krongard, Ph.D. student in the Emerging Media Studies program, take on this question by dissecting the relationships between binge-watching and political participation. They have found that although there are a number of side effects to binge-watching (depression,… Read More

Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur Distinguished Lecture Series with Dr. Icek Ajzen

This fall’s Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur Distinguished Lecture Series features Dr. Icek Ajzen, professor of psychology emeritus at the University of Massachusetts. The event will be held Wednesday, November 9th 2016 from 4-5 pm, with a reception following, in the Metcalf Trustee Center on 1 Silber Way (9th floor). Learn more about the Communication Research Center.

COM Professor Mina Tsay-Vogel Sheds Light on Undergrad Facebook Habits

The hours young adults spend on social media networks every day influence their behavior and attitudes about privacy. Heavy social network users who read friends’ updates and share information about themselves become acclimated to the act of posting their information as they read daily about their friends and the world, spurring them to post more… Read More

Christopher E. Beaudoin

Dr. Beaudoin conducts theoretically driven research with real-world implications, centering on the influence of mediated communication on social and health outcomes. He has built and advanced theory on the effects of media use on social capital, including documenting variance according to individual- and community-level factors, and has designed and evaluated media campaigns in domestic and… Read More

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