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Research Groups and Labs

The Aggression Research Program studies the etiology and prevention of aggressive and antisocial behavior. The group's focus is on understanding the development of aggressive and antisocial behavior from a cognitive, information-processing perspective, and emphasizes the integration of laboratory experiments, longitudinal survey studies, and randomized clinical field trials to advance our knowledge of aggression.

The Global Media Studies Initiative (GMSI) is an innovative cross-disciplinary research center at the U-M. It serves as a global hub for academics, students, media practitioners, and others to explore and discuss media and communication technologies, cultures, and industries in an international, comparative, and historical fashion.

Global Media Studies Initiative Website

 

 

The Internet, Communication, & Civic Engagement (ICCE) research group investigates how citizens use digital media for political purposes and its implications on the democratic process. The ICCE group is committed to faculty-student collaborative research that addresses important questions related to contemporary political communication.

 

The Media Psychology Lab is a group of researchers who strive to understand the influence of the mass media on human behavior and individuals’ minds. We investigate how the mass media affect thinking, emotions, and behaviors and how these in turn shape the experiences that individuals have with the mass media.

Media Psychology Lab Website

 

The Political Communication Working Group brings together an inter-disciplinary group of students and faculty working in political communication at the University of Michigan. We include scholars in both political communication and media psychology in the Department of Communication Studies, and students from both Communication Studies and Political Science. 

Political Communication Working Group Site

What do state powers hope to marshal from big data infrastructure projects for their governance interests and goals? The project on Big Data Innovation + Governance (Big DIG) examines public and private sector efforts and associated platforms aiming to collect, organize, and instrumentalize population-level data about citizens and consumers.

The Big DIG website

The Conflict Research Lab examines the quantitative effects of media on interpersonal and intergroup conflict. We focus on the underlying social psychological mechanisms through which media influences intergroup relations, biases, prejudice, and aggressive behaviors. Within the intergroup context, we explore how media influences the majority groups' attitudes and behaviors towards minority groups. In addition, we examine how media representations influence the ways in which minorities think about themselves as well as their willingness to engage with the political and social system in relation to the majority group.

Conflict Research Lab Website

 

InfraLab is a multi-disciplinary research group at the University of Michigan dedicated to the investigating the intermingled social and technical aspects of digital media technologies and their implications for society. Our approaches include human-computer interaction; science and technology studies; legal research on politics, laws, and institutions; design research; and more.

Infra.Lab Website

 

The Media and Development Lab (MaDLab) studies screen media in the lives of young people. Research projects are collaborative and have explored topics such as preschoolers' media exposure and beliefs about healthy eating; body image among young media users; and media as sensory tools to manage the built and social environments.

 

Media Studies Research Workshop is a bi-monthly meeting open to all, but primarily an opportunity for those working in critical media studies traditions to experience an environment of collaboration and mentoring similar to the role played by labs in the social science tradition.

Media Studies Research Workshop Website

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The pro-social communication research group, led by Sol Hart, examines how communication strategies can be used to promote better social outcomes. Examples of recent projects include examining how best to communicate about global climate change, effective strategies to promote donations to charitiesworking on poverty initiatives, how different media sources cover science issues, and what types of environmental new stories are likely to attract viewers with different political and environmentalorientations.