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Using directional cues in immersive journalism: The impact on information processing, narrative transportation, presence, news attitudes, and credibility. Matthew Binford, Keith Herndon, Jooyoung Kim & Bartosz Wojdynski

Abstract: This study examined the effects of the use of directional cues in immersive journalism on information recall, attitudes towards a news story, narrative transportation, presence, and message credibility by conducting a randomized between-subjects three-condition lab experiment (N=90) with community participants using three versions of originally produced 360̊ video news story. The study found that […]

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What You Believe Might Not Be True: False Consensus Effect and the Flu Vaccine Controversy. Jeong-Yeob Han, Hanyoung Kim & Youngji Seo

Abstract: According to studies on the impact of comments on the false consensus effect, exposure to other people’s reactions can elicit misperceptions, in turn influencing message acceptance. We investigated whether comment valence dominance and comment order were related to false consensus in the context of the flu vaccine controversy. Results from an experimental study suggest […]

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Effects of Social Media Comments on Attitude toward Vaccines: The Roles of Perceived Public Consensus and Perceived Vaccine Efficacy. Jeong-Yeob Han, Hanyoung Kim & Youngji Seo

Abstract: Recognizing that social media has become an important place for individuals to acquire vaccine-related information, this study investigated if and how user-generated comments on social media platforms influence individuals’ perception of public consensus regarding and attitude toward vaccines. In addition, perceived vaccine efficacy was considered as a factor moderating the relationship between exposure to […]

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Chinese Newspapers’ Coverage of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) from 2008 to 2018: A Content Analysis of News Framing and Portrayals of Health Risks and Stigma. Tong Xie, Shuoya Sun & Xuerong Lu

Abstract: As the first study of Chinese newspaper coverage of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) over the past decade (2008-2018), this paper analyzed how different categories of Chinese newspaper media (Party press, City press, and special interests and industry oriented press) framed AD related health belief information (e.g., susceptibility and severity) and stigma over time. A total […]

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The Role of Regret and Hope in Anti-smoking Loss-Framing-Based Narrative Persuasion. Yan Jin, Yen-I Lee & Xuerong Lu

Abstract: this study examines the effect of discrete emotional appeal (i.e., regret and hope) in loss-framing-based narrative by exploring its impact on people’s emotional engagement and attitude toward the smoking issue. Emotional engagement in this study is not only defined as affective response, but also related to emotional sharing process between self and characters therein, […]

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Effects of Social Media Comments on Attitude toward Vaccines: The Roles of Perceived Public Consensus and Perceived Vaccine Efficacy Jeong-Yeob Han and Hanyoung Kim

Abstract: Recognizing that social media has become an important place for individuals to acquire vaccine-related information, this study investigated if and how exposure to user-generated comments in social media platforms influences individuals’ attitude toward vaccines. In this investigation, social media comments were investigated in light of their effect on attitude toward vaccines through shaping perception […]

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Understanding Self-Efficacy and Public Attitude Towards Flu Vaccination on Twitter Hyoyeun Jun, Dong Jae (Jay) Lim & Bryan Trude

Abstract:  Due to prevalent misinformation and low coverage rates for flu vaccination, the role of health departments to address uncertainty and increase awareness of flu vaccination facts in their messaging became crucial. Utilizing Twitter data generated during the peak of the 2017-2018 flu season, this study suggests that people presented negative attitude toward flu vaccination […]

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Content Analysis of JUUL Electronic Cigarette Posts and Comments on Instagram. Joe Phua and Bryan Trude

Abstract: With an estimated 10.8 million adult users, particularly amongst 18 to 24-year olds, e-cigarette use is an increasingly serious health issue within the United States. These products are often promoted as smoking cessation devices for use in quitting smoking and nicotine replacement therapy. JUUL, a leading brand of e-cigarettes, is also heavily featured in […]

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In-Stream Video Advertising: Effects of Congruence and Advertisement Positions on Consumer Response Karen Whitehill King and Shuoya Sun

Abstract: This study examines the effects of ad-context congruence and ad positions on consumers’ response in an in-stream video advertising setting. Findings of the study indicate that, regardless of ad positions, ad-context congruence improved recall and recognition of the brand while ad-context incongruence facilitated recall of ad content. Taking ad position into consideration, contextual congruence […]

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The Effect of Cartoon on Eco-Friendly Responses- The Role of Involvement and Moral Values. Dong Jae (Jay) Lim

Abstract: Through a 2×2 x2 between-subjects experiment, this study examined effects of cartoon images (versus actual picture) on green advertising using environmental threat appeals. Results indicated using cartoon images exerted significant main effects on attitude toward the ad. For future purchase intention, effect of cartoon images interacted with consumer’s level of issue involvement and moral […]

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