Dr. Nathaniel J. Evans

Assistant Professor, Advertising

About: Dr. Evans teaches advertising and society, advertising management, and graduate level advertising foundations courses. His research interests examine consumers’ processing and evaluation of immersive and non-traditional advertising formats that include advergames, branded apps, in-game advertising, and native advertising with a focus on public policy implications.

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Ph.D., Communication and Information, University of Tennessee
M.S., Communication and Information/ Advertising, University of Tennessee
B.A., Psychology, Eckerd College

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Evans’ research examines the blurring of boundaries between entertainment and commercial content, and the impact on issues related to consumer information processing, evaluation, and policy. He uses experimental and survey methodology to examine consumers’ information processing, evaluation, and behavioral outcomes of exposure to in-game advertising, advergames, branded games, native advertising, and other immersive or covert advertising formats. His research has examined regulatory and policy related topics in advertising, marketing, communication and health. Dr. Evans’ published work is featured in the Journal of Advertising, Journal of Interactive Advertising, Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Health Affairs, andTelevision and New Media.

Selected Research

Sponsorship Transparency as a Mediator of Negative Effects of Covert Ad Recognition Nathaniel J. Evans and Bartosz Wojdynski

Abstract: The proliferation of covert online advertising formats such as advergames has raised concerns about consumers’ ability to recognize such content as advertising, and about how recognition affects evaluative outcomes. The present research utilized an online experiment (N= 179) to examine differences between format (advergame vs. online video) on recognition, and whether sponsorship transparency mediates […]

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What Does a Gamer Look Like? Shira Chess and Nathaniel J. Evans

Abstract: Recent years have seen changes to the video game industry and the image of video game players. There are more games on the market and larger variety of ways to play those games. Yet, despite market shifts, authors such as Shaw (2012)demonstrate that there are still tensions surrounding gamer identification. Even as next-generation systems […]

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Putting Disclosures to the Test Nathaniel J. Evans

Event information available at https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/events-calendar/2016/09/putting-disclosures-test

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Parents’ Presumed Persuasion Knowledge of Children’s Advergames Nathaniel J. Evans

Abstract: Research indicates that parents have a limited understanding of advergames. This study examines the effects of advertising disclosures and cognitive load on parents’ activation of persuasion knowledge for a children’s advergame. While parents exposed to any advertising disclosure reported higher levels of persuasion knowledge, a single-modality disclosure resulted in more persuasion knowledge activation than […]

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Disease outbreak and public opinion Michael Cacciatore, Glen Nowak & Nathaniel J. Evans

Abstract: To many, the 2014-15 measles outbreak was a sobering reminder of the dangers of delaying and declining childhood vaccinations. The outbreak, which originated at a theme park in California, has been linked to more than 140 cases of measles, with the majority of those cases among people who had either not been vaccinated or had […]

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Exploring the Impact of the U.S. Measles Outbreak on Parental Awareness and Support for Vaccination Michael Cacciatore, Glen Nowak & Nathaniel J. Evans

Cacciatore, M. A., Nowak, G., & Evans, N. (Forthcoming). Exploring the impact of the US measles outbreak on parental awareness and support for vaccinations. Health Affairs. Abstract: Despite consensus among health officials that childhood immunizations are a safe and effective means of protecting people from disease, there remains parent vaccine hesitancy. This hesitancy has been linked to lack of confidence in recommendedvaccinations as well as vaccine delay and refusal. Using a pair of national surveys of parents of children 5 […]

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Awards and Fellowships

Dr. Evans has received top paper awards at the American Academy of Advertising (2016), best article in the Journal of Interactive Advertising (2014), and the Research Fellowship Award from the American Academy of Advertising (2015).

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