I study moral clarity and moral ambiguity in narrative entertainment, including (a) their role in enjoyment and appreciation of media, (b) their effects on interpersonal trust, cooperation, moral values, and information-sharing behaviors, (c) the frequency and character of their depiction in content, and (d) their role in forming and maintaining audience groups. These varied goals naturally emerge from a more basic question: How do the media synchronize our thoughts and emotions so that we can cooperate as a society?
You can see my work in outlets such as the International Journal of Arts & Technology, Mass Communication & Society, Journal of Communication, and Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
Michigan State University 2008-2012 (PhD in Communication, certificate in Cognitive Science)
University of Missouri – St. Louis 2006-2008 (MA in Communication)
Southeast Missouri State University 2000-2004 (BA in Communication, minor in Computer Science)