I am a Visiting Professor in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University.
My research interests are twofold. One program investigates morality using mass communication phenomena. The other program investigates the relationship between mediated violence and aggression using communication technology phenomena. My work uses (online) experiments, surveys, content analyses, and virtual simulations to extend and challenge existing moral psychological and aggression theories.
My current research in morality investigates how moral considerations influence media entertainment. My studies test how character dispositions form, evolve, and bias moral judgment. My work on aggression investigates how individual differences (e.g., skill) and emergent experiential states (e.g., flow) bias people’s perceptions of violent content.