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.


  • “Motivation for and perceived risks of sexting” 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
  • “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
  • “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 Divison
  • “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 of Florida State University; Justin Keene of Texas Tech University; Glenn Leshner of the University of Oklahoma; and Andy Ellis, Joshua Hendrickse, Rachel Secharan and Madison Wilde, all students at Florida State University.
  • “The Effect of Media Exposure on Relational Aggression: A Meta-Analysis” by associate professors Nicole Martins and Andrew Weaver
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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 preference: 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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