RESEARCH BLOG

July 1, 2019

 In this new paper, I examined the potential effects of real world coverage of epidemics on people's perceptions, and subsequently on compliance with and support for the CDC during outbreaks of new infectious diseases. I found that while people are open to change their...

May 29, 2019

As always, ICA19 was a blast, with many opportunities to learn about new research directions, meet old and new friends, and enjoy a day or two in the city (just kidding-- I never left the hotel area in 5 days). 

This year, my colleagues and I presented several papers, t...

April 30, 2019

In this study - we conducted 2 experiments to examine whether emotional narratives are more effective than non-emotional narratives for countering misinformation. We find that both simple and emotional narratives can fight misbeliefs, but only emotional narratives an c...

April 22, 2019

Machine Learning (ML) is one of our strongest statistical tools. that can be harnessed for crucial and life-saving tasks like predicting cancer.ML algorithms take large and complex data sets, identify patterns, train on a set of cases where the outcome (e.g., whether a...

September 26, 2018

My piece for the Conversation describes what I found about the coverage of H1N1, Ebola, and Zika in American newspapers.

July 17, 2018

Testimonial PWLs were more effective than the text only labels. However, there was little evidence that adding identifiers or the explanatory statements enhanced effectiveness; rather, there was some evidence that testimonial explanatory statements reduced effectivenes...

April 3, 2018

Our study, surveying 3,337 Americans found that the misbelief about MMR and autism may reduce people’s intentions to use a new Zika vaccine. However, perceptions of severity of and vulnerability to Zika may increase intentions. Implications for science educators and pu...

April 3, 2017

Happy to announce that our paper on the effects of tobacco graphic warning labels is now out in Communication Research ! 

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