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Media Psychology Lab

Researchers in the Media Psychology Lab are interested in a broad range of questions about the relations between the mass media and individuals. Led by Dr. Sonya Dal Cin, we investigate how the mass media affect thinking, emotions, and behaviors and how these in turn shape the experiences that people have with the mass media.



Getting Involved

If you are interested in pursuing graduate level work in the Media Psychology Lab, follow the normal application procedures for the Department of Communication Studies. Please contact Dr. Dal Cin directly for more information.

Undergraduate students are an important part of the lab! Undergraduates in any major may apply to work on our projects through the UROP program. Applications are accepted through the UROP office and applications are typically due in the summer before the academic term. 

It is also possible to join the lab as a volunteer or to do a research experience course or thesis research in either Communication Studies or Psychology). Students wishing to do a for-credit research placement or honors thesis must meet the eligibility and enrollment conditions set by either the Department of Communication Studies (for Comm Studies majors) or Department of Psychology (for Psychology majors). Junior and Senior undergraduate Communications Majors at the U of M can conduct research through Comm 322: Faculty Directed Undergraduate Research Practicum, Comm 441: Independent Reading or Comm 442: Independent Research. Students may wish to apply for the honors program in Communication Studies, after March 1st of a student's junior year. Students accepted for the honors program take a year-long seminar during the senior year (Communication Studies 491 and 492) while conducting research and writing a thesis. Accepted students will be notified by the honors advisor, and permission to register for Comm 491 will be issued for the first semester senior year. Psychology majors can conduct research though one of several courses in the Psychology department—speak to a Psychology department academic advisor for details. Psychology students wishing to join the lab should contact Dr. Dal Cin directly, and are typically expected to have some prior involvement with the lab (e.g., UROP, volunteering) before enrolling in a research practicum or thesis course with us.

Note that in order to make the most of your experience in the lab, we typically ask undergraduates for a two semester commitment.

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