Richard is a PhD student in the Department of Communication at UCSB and lab manager for the Media Neuroscience Lab. Richard is particularly interested in video games, virtual worlds, and other forms of interactive media. As a member of the Media Neuroscience Lab, Richard explores human communication phenomena from neuroscientific and evolutionary perspectives. Richard is currently investigating the cognitive demand and neural correlates associated with Flow experiences resulting from media use. Other areas of inquiry include how evolutionarily derived motivations shape media selection and usage. Before attending UCSB, Richard held several corporate research positions at companies such as Nissan North America, The Walt Disney Company, and Lieberman Research Worldwide. Richard received his BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Economics from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.
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