Eulàlia P. Abril

Eulàlia P. Abril
University of Illinois at Chicago | UIC · Department of Communication

PhD

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Introduction
Abril's research revolves around new media, media effects, and persuasion with topics in the areas of health and political communication. For up-to-date information and publications, please, visit my homepage http://www.eulaliapuigabril.net
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August 2017 - present
University of Illinois at Chicago
Position
  • Professor
August 2011 - May 2017
University of Illinois at Chicago
Position
  • Professor

Publications

Publications (24)
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Much of the research on food environments suggests that problematic access to healthy food restricts its consumption, contributing to adverse outcomes such as obesity, stroke, and heart disease. In addition to these direct relationships, we propose indirect relationships involving the Communication Mediation Model (CMM). Using nationally representa...
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Social marketing campaigns seeking to promote healthy eating hold promise in precision messaging and behavior change related to a key component of healthy living medicine. A systematic review that examines the behaviors promoted against their success is lacking. Of interest is the consideration of stop or go behaviors, such as not eating fast food...
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Healthy living medicine (HLM) is an emerging concept that recognizes the importance of: 1) Moving more and sitting less; 2) Consuming a healthy diet at the appropriate caloric load; 3) Maintaining a healthy body weight; and 4) Not smoking. Suffice to say, HLM should be practiced by all health professionals, prescribing a personalized healthy living...
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Researchers have sought to understand the effects of like-minded versus contrary news exposure on attitude polarization, which can be a threat to democracy. The online news environment offers opportunities for exposure to both types of news, albeit unequally. This study tests the effects of exposure to heterogeneous partisan news bundles (both like...
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This study seeks to analyze fear control responses to the 2012 Tips from Former Smokers campaign using the Extended Parallel Process Model (EPPM). The goal is to examine the occurrence of ancillary fear control responses, like humor. In order to explore individuals’ responses in an organic setting, we use Twitter data—tweets—collected via the Fireh...
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Using the Communication Mediation Model, this study argues that interpersonal communication holds considerable potential to motivate and facilitate voluntary blood donation. To test this claim, three blood donation scenarios are used: past donation, future intention, and intention during an emergency. Results from path analysis using survey data fr...
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For individuals trying to lose or maintain weight, self-tracking their weight, diet, or exercise is important. In the past, different tracking modes have been examined, like paper and pencil, memory, or personal digital assistants. But the recent advancement and adoption of mobile technologies could also result in easier and simpler self-tracking....
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While still in the infancy of its diffusion path, Twitter has become a tour de force in terms of recent political developments around the globe, and is fast becoming a platform where citizens can clarify political positions and use it as an arena for political participation or opinion expression. In light of Twitter’s potential to act as a public...
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This study examines whether the emerging communication environment makes people perceive media as more or less biased. Do social media contribute to the perception of a hostile media environment? Or do they promote a “friendly” media phenomenon through processes of selective affiliation/exposure and/or user filtration of disagreeable content? Based...
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Taking different views into account is considered a virtue of democratic citizens. However, disagreement is often a barrier to deliberation. One reason is that individuals tend to impute biases to their adversaries and, on this basis, prepare for deliberation in less than optimal ways. Two experiments were conducted with results that supported this...
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A breast cancer diagnosis typically results in dramatic and negative effects on an individual's quality of life. Web-based interactive support systems such as the Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (CHESS) offer one avenue for mitigating these negative effects. While evidence supports the efficacy of such systems, evaluations typically...
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One of the most understudied aspects of the spiral of silence theory is the influence on opinion expression of different social structures anchored in geopolitical units, such as cities or states. This study evaluates political opinion expression after an election by relying on national survey data collected in Colombia (Latin America) and using mu...
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Cervical cancer is the leading cause of women's cancer deaths in Senegal, but few medical personnel are trained to perform cervical cancer screening. In rural areas, the situation is worse. To remedy this, a collaborative of researchers and stakeholders trained local health-care workers in cervical cancer screening through the “training-of-trainers...
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What can be the effect of the simultaneous increase in online news seeking and exposure and the tendency for online news to be partisan? This study examines the effects of online partisan news on intention to engage in two online discussion dimensions: withdrawal and civil discussion. The novel notion of internal balance is advanced to determine th...
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In response to the vast and sometimes conceptually inconsistent literature on valence framing, Levin and colleagues (1998) advanced a typology of valence framing that organized the differing results by risky choice, attribute, and goal framing. This study furthers the literature on goal framing by (a) applying it to the context of a social issue, e...
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In March 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched “Tips from Former Smokers,” a $54 million national campaign featuring individuals experiencing long-term health consequences of smoking. The campaign approach was based on strong evidence that antitobacco ads portraying fear, graphic images, and personal testimonials are a...
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El libro Comunicación y Participación Política, resultado de las actividades académicas desarrolladas por el Centro de Investigación en Comunicación Política de la Facultad de Comunicación Social del Externado en sus tres primeros años de funcionamiento, con el apoyo de la Universidad de Wisconsin-Madison y sus centros para la Comunicación y la Dem...
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Based on a probabilistic survey that represents the Colombian urban adult population in 2006, this study shows how an adverse public opinion context reduces the likelihood of someone expressing their political views after a presidential election. These findings are consistent with previous findings on the ‘spiral of silence’ research in public opin...
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This study assesses differences in use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and relates them to patterns of expressive political participation, mobilization efforts, and traditional civic participation. Relying on data collected in August 2008 from a random sample of respondents designed to represent Colombia's adult urban population, th...
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Research has shown consistently that news consumption both online and offline is related positively to interpersonal discussion, political involvement and political engagement. However, little consideration has been given to the role that new sources of information may exert on different forms of political engagement. Based on secondary analysis of...
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Utilizando una encuesta probabilística que representa a la población urbana adulta colombiana, en el año 2006, se muestra de qué manera un contexto adverso de opinión pública disminuye la probabilidad de que un individuo exprese sus opiniones políticas. Estos resultados son consistentes con investigaciones previas sobre la “espiral de silencio” en...
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This study examines the effects of online information seeking and social interactions in the context of early Internet adopters in Bogotá, Colombia. Data analyses of a stratified sample survey conducted in 2004 provide evidence that online news media use and online social interactions affect online political engagement. In this data there is a clea...
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While a majority of the population now has Internet access in countries such as the United States, Canada, Korea, Australia and the United Kingdom, the situation is quite different in other parts of the world where penetration rates are much lower. Worldwide, it is estimated that only 13.7% of the population is online (International Telecommunicati...
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This paper explores the role of demographics, personal predispositions, mass media use, interpersonal relationships and civic behaviors as antecedents of altruistic blood donation in Bogotá, Colombia. Findings suggest that education, emotional intelligence, density of social networks, membership in voluntary associations, community voluntary work,...

Projects

Projects (2)
Project
To gather information about understanding, collecting, and analyzing Instagram data (mostly pics, but also text). Abril is interested in projects related to health, but the basics of the networking site, its data, and analysis should be common to all researchers interested in Instagram.