Jacob T Fisher

Jacob T Fisher
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign | UIUC · Department of Advertising

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am an Assistant Professor in the College of Media at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My work investigates the effects of structural and content features in digital environments on motivated attention and goal-directed behavior. I primarily use computational, behavioral, and brain imaging methods.
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August 2014 - August 2016
Texas Tech University
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  • Research Assistant

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Publications (36)
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An increasing number of studies has been utilizing the Moral Foundations Dictionary (MFD; Graham, Haidt, & Nosek, 2009) to extract moral information from textual data. Yet, the MFD inherits certain limitations such as ad hoc pre-selection and overlappings of word stems that limit its validity. In this paper, we introduce a crowd-sourced approach fo...
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In a companion piece (Fisher, Keene, Huskey, & Weber, 2018), we reviewed the foundations and current state of the Limited Capacity Model of Motivated Mediated Message Processing (LC4MP). In this manuscript we return to the three areas investigated in our review: cognitive load, motivation, and memory. In each domain, we: (a) outline areas in which...
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In the 15 years since its inception, the Limited Capacity Model of Motivated Mediated Message Processing (LC4MP) has contributed to understanding regarding the dynamics of message processing in a variety of domains. In this manuscript we outline the foundations and assumptions of the LC4MP, discussing salient research from biology, cognitive psycho...
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Digital media are sensory-rich, multimodal, and often highly interactive. An extensive collection of theories and models within the field of media psychology assume the multimodal nature of media stimuli, yet there is current ambiguity as to the independent contributions of visual and auditory content to message complexity and to resource availabil...
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The increasing adoption of brain imaging methods has greatly augmented our understanding of the neural underpinnings of communication processes. Enabled by recent advancements in mathematics and computational infrastructure, researchers have begun to move beyond traditional univariate analytic techniques in favor of methods that consider the brain...
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Successful media processing requires that an individual attend to relevant information embedded among numerous competing stimuli. In communication research, this process is often referred to as resource allocation. Although the factors that drive individuals to allocate resources toward or away from a single message are relatively well characterize...
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Due to the methodological challenges inherent in studying social media use (SMU), as well as the methodological choices that have shaped research into the effects of SMU on well-being, clear conclusions regarding relationships between SMU and well-being remain elusive. We provide a review of five methodological developments poised to provide increa...
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There is widespread public and academic interest in understanding the uses and effects of digital media. Scholars primarily use self-report measures of the quantity or duration of media use as proxies for more objective measures, but the validity of these self-reports remains unclear. Advancements in data collection techniques have produced a colle...
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Media psychology researchers seek to understand both why people choose certain media over others and how media influence cognitive, emotional, social, and psychological processes. A burgeoning body of literature has emerged in recent years describing media selection and media effects as reciprocally linked dynamic processes, but research approaches...
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Due to the methodological challenges inherent in studying social media use (SMU), as well as the methodological choices that have shaped research into the effects of SMU on well- being, clear conclusions regarding relationships between SMU and well-being remain elusive. We provide a review of five methodological developments poised to provide incre...
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Media psychology researchers seek to understand both why people choose certain media over others and how media influence cognitive, emotional, social, and psychological processes. A burgeoning body of literature has emerged in recent years describing media selection and media effects as reciprocally-linked dynamic processes, but research approaches...
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In the last 10 years, many canonical findings in the social sciences appear unreliable. This so-called “replication crisis” has spurred calls for open science practices, which aim to increase the reproducibility, replicability, and generalizability of findings. Communication research is subject to many of the same challenges that have caused low re...
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The increasing adoption of brain imaging methods has greatly augmented our understanding of the neural underpinnings of communication processes. Enabled by recent advancements in mathematics and computational infrastructure, researchers have begun to move beyond traditional univariate analytic techniques in favor of methods that consider the brain...
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The influence of digital media on personal and social well-being is a question of immense public and academic interest. Scholars in this domain often use retrospective self-report measures of the quantity or duration of media use as a proxy for more objective measures, but the validity of these self-report measures remains unclear. Recent advanceme...
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The limited capacity model of motivated mediated message processing (LC4MP) is a model for understanding the dynamic interactions between mediated messages and the human information processing system. At the time of its original writing, the LC4MP was unique in the landscape of media psychology research in that it eschewed rote investigation of mes...
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Moral conflict is central to appealing narratives, but no methodology exists for computationally extracting moral conflict from narratives at scale. In this article, we present an approach combining tools from social network analysis and natural language processing with recent theoretical advancements in the Model of Intuitive Morality and Exemplar...
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Moral conflict is central to appealing narratives, but no methodology exists for computationally extracting moral conflict from narratives at scale. In this article, we present an approach combining tools from social network analysis and natural language processing with recent theoretical advancements in the Model of Intuitive Morality and Exemplar...
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Moral intuitions are a central motivator in human behavior. Recent work highlights the importance of moral intuitions for understanding a wide range of issues ranging from online radicalization to vaccine hesitancy. Extracting and analyzing moral content in messages, narratives, and other forms of public discourse is a critical step toward understa...
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Moral intuitions are a central motivator in human behavior. Recent work highlights the importance of moral intuitions for understanding a wide range of issues ranging from online radicalization to vaccine hesitancy. Extracting and analyzing moral content in messages, narratives, and other forms of public discourse is a critical step toward understa...
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A central goal of news research is to understand the interplay between news coverage and sociopolitical events. Although a great deal of work has elucidated how events drive news coverage, and how in turn news coverage influences societal outcomes, integrative systems-level models of the reciprocal interchanges between these two processes are spars...
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The Limited Capacity Model of Motivated Mediated Message Processing (LC4MP) is a prominent model for investigating how human biological systems engage with and process messages. Dr. Lang’s (this volume) chapter titled “How the LC4MP became the DHCCST: An epistemological fairy tale” provides an engaging overview of the foundation and development of...
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The effect of exposure to violent video game content on aggression is intensely debated. Meta-analyses have produced widely varying estimates as to the effect (or non-effect) of violent video games on subsequent aggressive thoughts and behaviors. Recent work suggests that interactivity and player skill may play key roles in moderating the effects o...
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Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has contributed to significant advancements in our understanding of the brain and human behavior. Aided by recent theoretical and methodological advancements, fMRI has grown into a powerful tool for communication scholars to investigate how messages influence the brain. In this chapter, we review extant...
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Digital media are sensory-rich, multimodal, and often highly interactive. An extensive collection of theories and models within the field of media psychology assume the multimodal nature of media stimuli, yet there is current ambiguity as to the independent contributions of visual and auditory content to message complexity and to resource availabili...
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This article introduces the interface for communication research (iCoRe) to access, explore, and analyze the Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone (GDELT; Leetaru & Schrodt, 2013). GDELT provides a vast, open source, and continuously updated repository of online news and event metadata collected from tens of thousands of news outlets around...
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This article introduces the interface for communication research (iCoRe) to access, explore, and analyze the Global Database of Events, Language and Tone (GDELT; Leetaru & Schrodt, 2013). GDELT provides a vast, open source, and continuously updated repository of online news and event metadata collected from tens of thousands of news outlets around...
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This article introduces the interface for communication research (iCoRe) to access, explore, and analyze the Global Database of Events, Language and Tone (GDELT; Leetaru & Schrodt, 2013). GDELT provides a vast, open source, and continuously updated repository of online news and event metadata collected from tens of thousands of news outlets around...
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Mounting evidence suggests that humans are equipped with a neural monitoring system that yields an intuitive pleasure response when socially normative (moral) behaviors are observed and displeasure when non-normative (immoral) behaviors are observed (Tooby et al., 2005). Moral Foundations Theory (Graham et al., 2013; Greene et al., 2001) indicates...
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The purpose of this study is to examine how news frames and events are intertwined in a reciprocal influence process. While communication scholarship has invested great efforts in how particular events such as terror attacks or protests are framed by news organizations, no research has examined how certain news frames following certain event types...
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Within the media psychology literature, a clear pattern has emerged wherein certain media use patterns, such as self-reported media multitasking, are associated with greater self-reported difficulty in task-switching, inhibition of irrelevant distractors, and reduced cognitive control. Interestingly, though, this relationship is not clearly support...
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In this paper, we introduce a novel method for analyzing entity framing in a large corpus of online news articles. This measure is proposed as a solution to the heretofore intractable problem of large-scale analysis of framing for particular entities within corpora too large to be reliably hand-coded and for which no document selection procedures h...
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Brain imaging techniques within communication research have rapidly expanded in popularity in recent years, driven by an increase in access to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology and by theoretical developments within the field. In this manuscript, we present an overview of research from within communication and cognate discipli...
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The study of media psychology is built on a long history of research conducted both by communication scholars and by those in related disciplines. Theories and models which are used in media psychology research are often informed by analyzing, dissembling, transporting, and reassembling concepts and understanding originally introduced in psychology...
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In this paper, we introduce a novel, computational approach to the analysis of online news data using the Global Database of Events, Language and Tone (GDELT; Leetaru & Schrodt, 2013), a vast, constantly updated repository of metadata collected from tens of thousands of news sources around the world. As this database has yet been untapped by commun...

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In this project, we aim to investigate how design and content features in digital environments influence attention and other forms of goal-directed processing.
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This project aims at introducing novel computational approaches for studying communication phenomena. Methodologies focus primarily on combining automatic content analyses, natural language processing, topic modeling and sentiment analysis, as well as spatio-temporal modeling. A wide range of text-based media content will be explored to discover the feasibility of the above stated methods for analysing online news, film scripts, song lyrics, etc.