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We are pleased to invite you to the inaugural Media Psychology Preconference which includes invited addresses from distinguished scholars, a data blitz session (for emerging scholars), and a poster session. Confirmed speakers include Craig Anderson, Jamie Pennebaker, Jim Blascovich, Melanie Green, David Ewoldsen, Joe Walther, Kaveri Subrahmanyam, and Sonja Utz.


Craig AndersonIowa State University
Craig A. Anderson, Ph.D., Stanford University, 1980, is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University; Director, Center for the Study of Violence; and Past-President of the International Society for Research on Aggression. His 200+ publications have received over 25,000 citations. His book Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents included the first longitudinal study of this topic. He is considered by many to be the world's leading expert on violent video game effects. His General Aggression Model has been applied to clinical, social, personality and developmental psychology; pediatrics; criminology; war and climate change, among other fields.

Jim BlascovichUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UCSB, Jim directs the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior. Jim is a past President of both the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc (Div. 8 of APA), and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. He is a Member of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, a Charter Fellow of the American Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. His research has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation for more than 20 years and has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Army Research Laboratory, and other agencies. Jim is also co-Director of the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior. His two major research interests are social motivation, and social influence within technologically mediated environments. Relevant to the former, he has developed a biopsychosocial model of challenge and threat. He has validated patterns of cardiovascular responses as markers of challenge and threat using them along with subjective and behavioral measures in empirical investigations guided by his theoretical model. He has applied his model to various social phenomena including intraindividual processes such as attitudes and dispositions as well as interindividual processes such as stigma, stereotypes, social comparison, and social facilitation. Relevant to the latter, he uses immersive virtual environment technology to empirically investigate social influence processes within virtual environments including conformity, non-verbal communication, collaborative decision-making and leadership. This work is guided by his formal model of social influence within immersive virtual environments.

David EwoldsenMichigan State University
David Ewoldsen is a professor of communication at Michigan State University. He is an expert in media psychology and founded the journals Media Psychology (edited for 9 years with Dr. Jennings Bryant) and the Communications Methods and Measures (edited for 4 years) where he served as editor. He was recently appointed the founding editor for the Annals of the International Communication Association which will start publishing next year. David regularly reviews for some of the best journals in psychology and communication. He has published many papers in high-impact journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Communication, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

Melanie GreenUniversity at Buffalo
Melanie C. Green is an Associate Professor in Communication at the University at Buffalo. Her work has focused on the power of stories. In particular, Melanie’s research examines the power of narrative to change beliefs, including the effects of fictional stories on real-world attitudes. Her theory of “transportation into a narrative world” focuses on immersion into a story as a mechanism of narrative influence. She has examined narrative persuasion in a variety of contexts, from health communication to social issues. She has edited two books on these topics (Narrative Impact and Persuasion: Psychological Insights and Perspectives, Second Edition), and has published numerous articles in leading psychology, communication, and interdisciplinary journals. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Spencer Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Ohio State University in 2000.

Jamie PennebakerThe University of Texas at Austin
James W. Pennebaker is the Regents Centennial Chair of Psychology and the Executive Director of Project 2021 at the University of Texas at Austin. He and his students are exploring the links between emotional experiences, natural language, and real world behaviors. His most recent research focuses on how everyday language reflects basic social and personality processes. Author or editor of 10 books and over 300 articles, Pennebaker has received numerous awards and honors. Beginning in 2016, he assumed the leadership of Project 2021, a program to change the way the University of Texas thinks about and delivers undergraduate education

Kaveri SubrahmanyamCalifornia State University, Los Angeles
Kaveri Subrahmanyam, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles and Associate Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center @ Los Angeles.  In 2013, she received the CSULA Outstanding Professor Award.  Dr. Subrahmanyam studies the cognitive and social implications of interactive media use.  She is currently studying the relation between digital communication and well-being, the cognitive implications of digital media and multitasking, and the link between children’s home media use and their oral language development. 

Sonja UtzUniversity of Tübingen
Sonja Utz is a full professor for Communication via Social Media at University of Tübingen. She is head of the research lab Social Media at Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien in Tübingen. Sonja Utz studied psychology at the Catholic University of Eichstätt from 1991 to 1996, where she also earned her Ph.D. in 1999. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on social identification with virtual communities. Before moving to Tübingen, she held positions in Chemnitz, Amsterdam and Leeuwarden. Her current research focuses on the emotional and informational benefits of social media use and social media use for (professional) knowledge exchange. E-mail: s.utz@iwm-tuebingen.de

Joe WaltherNanyang Technological University
Joe Walther is the Wee Kim Wee Professor in Communication Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, a Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA), Fellow of the Center for Research on Children, Adolescents, and the Media at the University of Amsterdam, and a Mercator Fellow in user-centered social media at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. A behavioral scientist and theorist, his research focuses on the interpersonal aspects of computer-mediated communication in personal relations, online groups, and education. The work has been cited frequently in a number of disciplines. Extensions of this work have been made into online dating, deception, collaboration and knowledge-sharing, social network sites, and other social media.

Walther has been recognized by Woolbert Awards from the National Communication Association for articles that have led to reconceptualizations of communication phenomena and have stood the test of time, the ICA’s Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award for sustained work on a communication research problem over an extended period and generated second-generation work among other scholars. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2013 at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research.

Prof. Walther served as chair of the Academy of Management’s Organizational Communication and Information Systems division, and the ICA’s Communication and Technology division.


Save $25 when you register for both convention and preconference together!

Registration for preconferences is limited and fills quickly.
Registration is now open and will not reopen once this preconference fills.

Blitz Talks & Poster Submission Guidelines:

Emerging media scholars (graduate students, post docs, and individuals within 5 years of their Ph.D.) are encouraged to submit an abstract not to exceed 250 words for consideration as a poster or 5-minute data-blitz talk. Abstracts should be emailed to Brad Okdie and Rosanna Guadagno and must be submitted by September 1st. Please note the following information in your submission (this information does not count towards your abstract word count):

1. Please list the name and email addresses of all authors.
2. Are submitting a poster or 5-minute data blitz talk?
3. If you are submitting a data-blitz talk are you willing to present your submission in the form of a poster?
4. Please list the title of your abstract.
5. Please include an abstract of no more than 250 words.

We are able to provide complementary registration for two individuals presenting posters or data-blitz talks. If you would like to be considered for the complimentary registration please submit the following in addition to the information requested above:

1. Curriculum vitae
2. Lists of all funding sources (and amounts) that you will use to attend the conference.

Please feel free to email Brad Okdie and Rosanna Guadagno with questions concerning submissions. 


Brad M. OkdieThe Ohio State University
Rosanna E. GuadagnoThe University of Texas at Dallas

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