Eric Tsetsi

Eric Tsetsi
University of Amsterdam | UVA · Department of Political Communication & Journalism

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Eric earned his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona Department of Communication. His areas of interest include communication technologies, political communication, and media effects. Eric holds a master's in English and in Communication. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Eric worked as a journalist for daily, weekly, and alternative weekly news publications for about 10 years.
Additional affiliations
August 2016 - present
The University of Arizona
Position
  • Graduate Teaching Associate
August 2016 - November 2017
The University of Arizona
Position
  • Research Associate
August 2014 - present
The University of Arizona
Position
  • Research Assistant

Publications

Publications (16)
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Despite widespread agreement about the benefits of social support, much remains to be learned about the dynamic nature of supportive communication. We examined the evolution of supportive conversations by investigating changes within support seeking and provision behaviors over the course of a discussion. Across two existing datasets, the results s...
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Structured analytic techniques (SATs) have been developed to help the intelligence community reduce flaws in cognition that lead to faulty reasoning. To ascertain whether SATs provide benefits to reasoning we conducted an experiment within a web-based application, comparing three conditions: 1) unaided reasoning, 2) a prototypical order-based SAT a...
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The social diversification hypothesis (SDH) suggests that in multicultural societies Internet use can help mitigate structural inequalities in access to social resources. Whereas traditionally disadvantaged groups are predicted to use the Internet to expand and diversify their social networks, advantaged groups use it to maintain existing connectio...
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Workplace friendships are primary sites of organizing associated with important outcomes including cohesive climates, creativity and innovation, and employee job satisfaction. Research indicates the workplace context influences the initiation of workplace friendships via physical proximity and shared projects. The present study demonstrates how ano...
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This project examined the influence of social support seekers’ expectations on their perceptions, behaviors, and the outcomes of supportive conversations. An experiment was conducted in which participants were grouped into dyads and randomly assigned to the role of support seeker or support provider. Seekers’ expectations about the (un)helpfulness...
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Developing a complete understanding of supportive communication in personal relationships requires considering the role of support seekers. We examined the influence of seeker expectations and verbal person centeredness (VPC) on the nature and outcomes of supportive interactions. Participants discussed a personal problem during an interaction with...
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Although the utility of verbal person-centeredness (VPC) as a feature of social support messages has been demonstrated in numerous studies, questions remain about the scope and theoretical mechanisms that explain VPC effects. Two experiments were conducted to evaluate whether the salutary effects of VPC extend to generic VPC messages and to explore...
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The hyperpersonal communication model was used to investigate the implications of the reduced social cues in computer-mediated communication (CMC) for the production of social support messages. Participants were randomly assigned to interact with a confederate seeking help about a problem for which the confederate was or was not responsible. The in...
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Media credibility, ideology, internal efficacy, and political expression are explored in this study. Trust in online information is tested as a predictor of online political expression on social networking sites (SNSs). Findings show that three unique processes are at work when predicting online political expression. First, internal search efficacy...
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Brunswik’s lens model was used as a guide to investigate the conditions under which people produce more and less effective support messages online. An experiment was conducted to examine the effects of identity cues concerning a support seeker’s responsibility for his or her distress and behavioral residue involving other online community members’...
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This study examined the relationship between elite news media agendas and campaign agendas during the 2016 presidential primary season. Computer-assisted content analysis was used to assess issue emphasis within Twitter feeds of U.S. presidential primary candidates and their campaigns as well as the nation’s top newspapers. The relationship between...
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This study uses survey data from the Pew Internet and American Life Project to advance digital divide research by exploring how smartphone dependence—in which one’s only means of accessing the Internet is via a smartphone—and smartphone use differ between key demographic groups in the United States. Results show differences in smartphone dependence...
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This study tested competing predictions about the implications of Internet use for traditional inequities in social support availability. Using survey data collected as part of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, inequities in social support availability stemming from demographic and network-related factors were examined among non-users, In...
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Widespread use of computer-mediated communication (CMC) for exchanging social support has raised questions about the support-related implications of CMC. This study drew from the dual-process theory of supportive message outcomes and examined the implications of CMC for support message processing and outcomes. We hypothesized that the reduced socia...

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