IM PhD Research Talk: Annie Lang

Posted on: March 30, 2017

Annie Lang | Indiana University | Telecommunications

Evolved, embodied, embedded communication: Animals, Representations, Symbols, Deep Attractors, & Grand Theft Auto

ABSTRACT >> This talk explores how assumptions about humans as evolved, embodied and embedded biological nested systems can be used to approach communication as a an adaptation that evolved to increase short term survival. Studies are presented testing hypotheses derived from this approach which explore how pictures differ from words, how persuasion can be conceptualized as the dynamic destabilization of behavioral states, how action perception theories reshape our understanding of what we remember from media, and how video games function to create new and destabilize old behavioral attractor states.

BIO >> Annie Lang (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin at Madison) is Distinguished Professor of Communication Science and Cognitive Science at Indiana University. Her current research is focused on the evolved, embodied, and embedded dynamic interactions among message structure and content and the nested systems that make up human beings. Recent research has focused on explicating these interactions in the context of prevention messages and video games. She is a former editor of Media Psychology, a Fellow of the International Communication Association, and recipient of ICA’s Steven H. Chaffee career productivity award.

The IMPhD Research Lecture Series is a speaker series drawn from MSU and other universities whose research is of interest to IMPhD Program faculty and students. Speakers are drawn from a mix of faculty and graduate students who have completed their coursework and are doing independent research.

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Date(s) - 03/30/2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Room 184

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