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Reactance and persuasion: How do we measure reactance?

Reactance and persuasion: How do we measure reactance?

Many psychological concepts are both dispositional and situational. Reactance is no exception. Although most of the classic reactance research focuses on situational reactance (see Burgoon, Alvaro, Grandpre, & Voulodakis, 2002, for a review), it is also considered as a personality trait (Brehm & Brehm, 1981). In other words, some individuals are more reactance-prone than others.

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Manship Student Caitlin Burkes

Manship Student Caitlin Burkes

Caitie is a senior Political Communication major at the Manship School and the Ogden Honors College from Slidell, LA. This semester, she successfully defended her honors thesis. She conducted a survey through the Media Effects Lab participant pool. Outside of class, she has worked at the Reveille and is an intern at the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC). Caitie discusses her thesis, reflects on her time at Manship, and speculates about where she’s headed.

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Media Effects Research Group

Media Effects Research Group

The Media Effects Research Group is a team of faculty and students with the dual purpose of teaching the student’s research skills and producing scholarly work in the field. The two students, Stephanie Whitenack and Chelsey Hutchins discuss their experience with the group and give details on why they joined. 

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Q&A with Dr. Hyojung Park

Q&A with Dr. Hyojung Park

Dr. Park discusses her various research, her research process, and what she wants her students to know about research. Dr. Park received her Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Her dissertation focused on crisis communication. Her research areas are crisis communication, health communication, and strategic communication. She is an associate professor at the Manship School of Mass Communication in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

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Manship at NCA ’17

Manship at NCA ’17

The 103rd National Communication Association (NCA) convention will take place November 16th – 19th, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Manship school faculty members and students will present their work at the conference. More than 5,000 people attend each year. The theme of this year’s conference is “Our Legacy, Our Relevance.”

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Manship Student Meagan Morvant

Manship Student Meagan Morvant

Meagan is a senior Public Relations major at Manship. She discusses her undergraduate thesis and why she chose to conduct an experiment in the Media Effects Lab.

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