All posts in category Theory

Signaling Theory & Media Research

I presented some work on the application of signaling to mass communication research at the National Communication Association annual conference. This represents the theoretical front-end to several empirical studies the lab and I have been working on. Hopefully we will soon have results to share. For now, here is the talk. Much of mass communication […]

Attentional Capacity & Flow Experiences

One of the things our lab is working on is developing methodologies to test the synchronization theory of flow. In a recent study, we demonstrate that secondary task reaction times can be used as a low cost, unobtrusive, and online measure of flow experiences. This study was presented at the 2013 International Communication Association conference. […]

Updates

Wow, it has been a long time since I last posted here. What gives? I’ve been focusing on a few different projects. Roughly one year ago, I helped launch our lab website: medianeuroscience.org. I serve as a content administrator on the page and manage most of the content updates. I also manage the lab’s twitter account: @MediaNeuro. […]

Link List – Games, Cognition, & Virtuality

So far, I think this blog has struggled to find a voice. Maybe I’m plagued by this problem in areas beyond this blog. Who knows… Anyway, here are a few links (and a video!) that have been thinking about this week. Maybe you will enjoy them, too. The Dunning-Kruger effect and multiplayer video games. Interesting […]

Attention and Media Research

The following is an adaptation of a paper I wrote at the request of my advisor. This paper is an overview of attention and mass communication research. As such, findings from cognitive science and neuroscience literature are discussed as a means for coming up with meaningful media research questions. Accordingly, much of this post is actually […]

The Role of Need For Closure on Motivations to Assess Credibility When Information Seeking Online

Some long-form thoughts on Need for Closure and credibility. Nothing submission worthy, but something I’ve been thinking about (read as, these ideas need further development, and considerable improvement). Introduction The Internet is often regarded as a tool for widespread information distribution. A popular perspective suggests that individuals access the Internet to seek and share novel information. Accordingly, […]