Established in 1974 through a gift from the Howard R. Marsh Trust, the Howard R. Marsh Center supports scholarly research related to the effects of communications media.
Each year, faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students conduct research projects in the Howard R. Marsh Center. The Center contributes to undergraduate course requirements, to undergraduate and graduate student training, and to faculty research. Results from work in the Marsh have played an important role in advancing the study of media psychology and political communication.
Recent research in the Marsh lab includes Sonya Dal Cin’s work on the effects of entertainment messages on substance use and romantic relationships, Muniba Saleem's work examining the effects of media stereotypes on intergroup relations and conflict, Stuart Soroka’s work on psychophysiological reactions to negativity in network news, and student projects on a wide range of effects of news content, entertainment media, persuasive messaging, and video games. These are just a few examples — for more information on projects in the department, see faculty pages.