Faculty, student papers accepted for International Communication Association Conference

The Media School Report • May 16, 2018

Several faculty and graduate students in The Media School will present their papers at the 68th Annual International Communication Association Conference in Prague.

The conference, Voices, is May 24-28.


  • “Motivations for Sexting: Motivation Activation Measure and Sexual Inhibition/Excitation Predict Sexting Behavior” by doctoral students Anthony Almond and Niki Fritz.
  • “On the Field of Environmental Communication: A Preliminary Review of Peer-Reviewed Literature” by Suzannah Evans Comfort and Young Eun Park, recently graduated IU doctoral student. This paper was awarded a top paper award from the Environmental Communication division.
  • “Curated Journalism: A Field Theory Approach to Journalistic Production by Environmental NGOs” by Suzannah Evans Comfort and Justin Blankenship, assistant professor at Auburn University.
  • “Worse than Objects: The Depiction of Black Women and Men and Their Sexual Relationship in Pornography” by doctoral students Niki Fritz, Vincent Malic and Yanyan Zhou, and professor Bryant Paul.
  • “A Critical Approach to Investigating Communication Practices of Marginalized Populations Using Longitudinal Field Experiments” by assistant professor Amy Gonzales, doctoral students Glenna Read, Laura Partain, Zachary Vaughn, Philip Anderson and Antonina Semivolos.
  • “You Don’t Know Me: Negative Self-Views Interact with Publicness and Feedback  to Shape Interpersonal Impressions Online” by assistant professor Amy Gonzales and doctoral student Yeweon Kim.
  • “Measures of Knowledge Gain and Comprehension in Experimental Research” by Media School associate dean Betsi Grabe.
  • “The Role of Emotion Regulation in Experiencing Sports Media with Age” by Irene Ingeborg, P.h.D.’17, of Butler University and professor Walter Gantz.
  • “It’s a Journey: From Media Effects to Dynamic Systems” by doctoral student Jingjing Han and distinguished professor Annie Lang (winner of best paper in Information Systems Division).
  • “Continuous and Summative Assessments of Musical Complexity & Intensity” by doctoral student Edgar Jamison-Koenig and professor Rob Potter.
  • “How Neuroticism is Related to Individual and Public Information Seeking Behavior: A Case of the 2014 U.S. Ebola Outbreak” by doctoral student Minchul Kim.
  • “Assessing News Bias in the Age of a Polarized Media Environment: How Pre-existing Perception of Partisan News Source Affects Perceived News Bias” by doctoral student Minchul Kim, Media School associate dean Betsi Grabe and Xiaoxia Cao of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • “Who Interacts on Reddit? Understanding Factors of Participation in Hostile Social Media Environments” by Danielle Kilgo, Margaret Ng (The University of Texas at Austin), Martin Riedl (The University of Texas at Austin) and Ivan Lacasa Mas (UIC Barcelona).
  • “They’re Not Looking at What You Think: An Examination of Framing and Visual Attention” by distinguished professor Annie Lang and associate professors Lauren Smith and Galen Clavio.  
  • “Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Messages and Cognitive and Emotional Responses: Role of Smoking Status” by distinguished professor Annie Lang and Russell Clayton (Florida State University), Justin Keene (Texas Tech University), Glenn Leshner (University of Oklahoma) and Andy Ellis, Joshua Hendrickse, Rachel Secharan and Madison Wilde, all students at Florida State University.
  • “The Relevance of Formidability in Subjective Feelings of Fear in a Digital World” by Teresa Lynch (Ohio State University) and distinguished professor Annie Lang.
  • “What A Successful Body in Porn Looks Like: Implications for Socialization and Women’s Body Image” by doctoral students Vincent Malic (School of Informatics and Computing), Niki Fritz and Yanyan Zhou and professor Bryant Paul.
  • “The Effect of Media Exposure on Relational Aggression: A Meta-Analysis” by associate professors Nicole Martins and Andrew Weaver.
  • “Mobilizing Voice for a Diasporic Professional Community: the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA)” by professor and director of journalism Radhika Parameswaran and doctoral student Roshni Verghese. 
  • “Video Gaming Effects on Activity within the Hippocampus to Promote Memory” by doctoral student Kelsey Prena and senior scientist Hu Cheng and associate professor Sharlene Newman, both of IU’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.
  • “Whiteness, Brahminism and the Indian-American Dream: Reading the Politics of Satya Nadella’s ‘Hit Refresh'” by doctoral student Pallavi Rao.
  • “Outside the Academy: Anti-Caste Media as Online Pedagogy” by doctoral student Pallavi Rao.
  • “The Brahmin as ‘Culture’: Problematizing Caste in India’s Media Event Space” by doctoral student Pallavi Rao.
  • “Embodied Cognition and ‘Tech Neck’: A Psychophysiological Study of the Impact of Spinal Flexion on Cognitive and Emotional Processing of Video Messages” by doctoral students Lucia Cores Sarria and Jingjing Han, professor Rob Potter, undergraduates Alexis Newman and Arden Floom and Jessica Myrick of Penn State University.
  • “The Selective Exposure Paradox” by Yu-Yin Shen (University of Michigan), Chen-Chao Tao (National Chiao Tung University), Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick (Ohio State University) and professor Robert Potter.
  • “A Test of the Relationship between Sexist Television Commentary and Enjoyment of Women’s Sports: Impacts on Emotions, Attitudes, and Viewing Intentions” by assistant professor Lauren Smith, professor Walter Gantz and Jessica Myrick of Penn State University.
  • “Stand Up, Show Respect: Athlete Activism, Nationalistic Attitudes, and Emotional Response” by associate professor Lauren Smith.
  • “Voicing Creativity, Working with Constraints: Character Design in the Video Game Industry” by doctoral student Jessica E. Tompkins.
  • “A Test of Klimmt et al.’s (2009) Theory of Identification with Sexualized and Non-Sexualized Female Characters” by doctoral student Jessica E. Tompkins
  • “The Logic of Preferences: the Practices of Mainstreaming Homosexuality in the Age of Personalized TV” by doctoral student Harry Yan.
  • “Trait Motivational Reactivity Modulates Moral Motives and Political Orientations” by doctoral students Xia Zheng, Anthony Almond and Harry Yan
  • “Ideology-based Differences in Physiological Reactions to Media Messages” by doctoral students Xia Zheng and Jingjing Han.
  • “Health Misinformation and Corrective Message: Content and their Contested Structural” by doctoral student Xia Zheng and Wu Shiwen, Nie Di and Dong Zhennan of Wuhan University in China.


Doctoral student Jingjing Han and distinguished professor Annie Lang’s “It’s a Journey: From Media Effects to Dynamic Systems” was named the best paper in the Information Systems division.

About the conference:

The annual gathering brings together ICA members and scholars to hear and present interdisciplinary research on emerging issues and topics. The theme this year, Interventions: Communication Research and Practice, points to a range of communication practices that engage with a political event, social phenomena, industrial or socio-cultural practice, in order to alter and disrupt events and the norms and practices that contribute to their occurrence.


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