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Elizabeth Cohen

Elizabeth Cohen

Assistant Professor of Communication, West Virginia University

I study the “the bright side” of media uses and effects, or the prosocial impact of involvement with different media (e.g., television, social network sites, and digital games) on people’s social lives. One my primary areas of study focuses on how can people develop feelings of attachment to others they come to know through the media, such as celebrities, politicians, or even fictional characters. My research is animated by questions about how these parasocial relationships evolve, and how they can improve people’s health, civic engagement, and well-being. I also study how people are influenced by media messages when they get psychologically transported into the fictional worlds of entertainment media, like novels or television dramas. Finally, I have a growing research program on social contexts of media use. I am particularly interested in the social and emotional benefits of shared media experiences, like live Tweeting​ and television co-viewing between friends, fans, or family. Topics of some of my current research projects include narrative persuasion, parasocial interaction on social network sites, social TV, and fandom.

What's behind TV bingeing's bad rap?

Apr 18, 2017 05:58 am UTC| Insights & Views Entertainment

Call it Netflixs spring binge. At the end of March, Netflix released the critically acclaimed 13 Reasons Why. April features new shows Girl Boss and Bill Nye Saves the World, while Mays lineup includes the second season...

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Economy

Polish industrial output and retail sales data come in strong in January, GDP growth likely to be strong

Polands official statistics office released another set of monthly macroeconomic data, which indicate towards very robust performance of the Polish economy in the first quarter of this year. While the Polish industrial...

Polish industrial output and retail sales data come in strong in January, GDP growth likely to be strong

Polands official statistics office released another set of monthly macroeconomic data, which indicate towards very robust performance of the Polish economy in the first quarter of this year. While the Polish industrial...

UK gilts jump after unemployment rate worsens beyond expectations in December

The UK gilts jumped Wednesday after the countrys unemployment rate for the month of December came in worse than market expectations, leading investors to flock into safe-haven instruments. Markets will now focus on Bank of...

German bunds jump ahead of February manufacturing, services PMI

The German bunds jumped during early European session Wednesday as investors wait to watch the countrys manufacturing as well as services PMI for the month of February, both scheduled to be released today by 08:30GMT...

USD/INR likely to head for 65.00 mark amid intensifying risk aversion arising from India’s widening trade deficit, says Scotiabank

The USD/INR currency pair is expected to head for the 65.00 mark amid intensifying risk aversion arising from Indias widening trade deficit, the PNB fraud, and rising 10-year U.S. Treasury yield, after rallying through the...

Politics

Hunger in the lucky country – charities step in where government fails

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For black celebrities like Oprah, it's impossible to be apolitical

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Politicians are inflating the evidence used to justify tax increases

Chris Doucouliagos, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Deakin Business School and Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University Many government policies are flawed because...

GOP tax plan doubles down on policies that are crushing the middle class

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What does Ramaphosa's victory mean for South Africa's economy?

A great deal is expected from Cyril Ramaphosa who was elected as the president of South Africas governing party, the African National Congress (ANC). This positions him to become the countrys president in 2019. Sibonelo...

Science

UBI Helps People Be More Productive And Work More, Study Claims

The topic of universal basic income (UBI) has been a hot-button issue among economists, financial experts, legislators, and tech industry giants for years. Some say that it will increase productivity while others claim the...

Startup Raises $250M To Use Placenta To Extend Life And Cure Cancer

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Ozone Layer Update; Not Recovering As Expected For Unknown Reasons

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Early Britons Had Dark Skin And Curly Hair, Research Claims

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Scientists Wants To Use Poison As Male Birth Control

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Technology

UN Chief Wants A Geneva Convention For Cyber Warfare

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Amazon Uses Cashback To Increase Whole Foods Shopping By Prime Members

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With digital media eating up more and more space, the need for bigger storage has been at the forefront of tech companies strategies in developing various products. In the case of Samsung, it recently unveiled an SSD that...
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