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Using virtual pets to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in children Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn

Abstract: A virtual pet in the form of a mid-sized dog was developed based on the framework of social cognitive theory and tested as a vehicle for promoting fruit and vegetable (F&V) consumption in children. Three groups of children (N = 68) between the ages of 7-13 were studied: baseline (no treatment), computer only, and […]

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The Digital Patient Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn

Abstract: This chapter reviews the past and current trends of one particularly intriguing aspect of virtual worlds—virtual representations commonly known as avatars—in the context of health behavior change.  Despite the growing interest in the influence of virtual representations on health behaviors, there has been a surprising dearth of research exploring the use of virtual representations […]

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Building Trust Bryan H. Reber and Michael Cacciatore

Abstract: Trust is essential in dealing with publics. Since 2000, Edelman has measured what drives trust across organizations and countries, comparing the perceived importance of trust drivers between a group of developed economies and a group of emerging economies over a five-year timeframe. Overall, the longitudinal comparison from 2011 to 2015 examined which drivers — including […]

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Not Your Mother’s Video Game Shira Chess

Abstract: This essay analyzes the complicated role of motherhood in television commercials for video games, spanning several decades. Video game advertising, in particular, often features mother characters utilizing a kind of double-voicedness. On the one hand, they need to advertise in such a way that the primary target audience for the commercials – young males […]

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Social, Casual, Mobile Shira Chess

GamerGate began in August of 2014, resulting in several women game developers being attacked through harassment (both online and off), doxxing, and violent threats. This essay explores several aspects of GamerGate, paying specific attention to ways that it was affected by an emerging market of mobile, casual, and social games. Additionally, we consider how the […]

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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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The Past as Persuader in The Great Speckled Bird Janice Hume

Abstract: This study examines journalistic uses of history in the underground newspaper The Great Speckled Bird during its original run, 1968-1976, based on Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest K. May’s categories of the uses of history by political decision makers. The Bird used history for context, nostalgia and analogy, to promote values, and to challenge […]

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NCAA-Department of Defense Mind Matters Research Challenge Welch Suggs

Abstract: The winners, who will each receive a $400,000 award to fund their projects, are among those who answered a call to submit research proposals designed to improve the understanding of how to spur changes in the culture surrounding concussion. The eight were drawn from a field of 22 finalists announced in July.

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Public trust in journalism and media Lee B. Becker

Abstract: The public is very critical of journalists and of the news media. It hardly matters what question is asked. The actual performance of those in journalism and of their organizations is viewed critically by citizens. The public has become more critical of journalists and of news organizations over time. Trust and confidence have decreased, […]

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The truth between the lines Ivanka (Radovic) Pjesivac

Abstract: This study explored, by comparative thematic analysis, the conceptualization of trust in news media in Serbia, Macedonia, and Croatia, three countries of Eastern Europe, where Communism might have left the heritage of distrust in all institutions and its fall the need for fundamental transformations of media systems. The analysis of 61 in-depth interviews showed […]

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