Dr. Bartosz Wojdynski
About: Dr. Wojdynski teaches courses in multimedia journalism, interactive media, and psychological effects of communication technology. He researches the effects of design and presentation characteristics in digital media on attention, selection, cognition, and attitudes. He directs the Digital Media Attention and Cognition Lab.
Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., American Studies and English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research Interests and Activities
Dr. Wojdynski’s research focuses on the role technological and design variables play in how users choose and process information in digital media. He is particularly interested in the role that interactivity and navigability play in influencing attention to, elaboration upon, and retention of content. His research consists primarily of experimental studies involving websites and web-based news delivered on computers and mobile devices. To better understand what happens in the course of media use, Wojdynski’s research uses eye-tracking and response-time measures in addition to questionnaire-based responses. Recently, he has examined effects of web navigability on content selection and recall, and the influence of exemplars in non-linear interactive news stories on risk perceptions. Wojdynski has presented his research at a number of national and international conferences, and his research has been published or accepted in journals including the International Journal of Advertising, Journal of Media Psychology, Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, and Newspaper Research Journal, among others.
Dr. Wojdynski’s teaching specialties include multimedia journalism, interactive design and programming, data visualization, psychological effects of mass media, and quantitative research methods.
Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Wojdynski worked in print and online news media, and developing interactive health and education web content, including projects funded by NASA and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He has also served as a usability consultant for interactive online media.