Media Appearances

Featured in The COMmunicator, “What it’s like being a working-from-home mother of four during the pandemic: An interview with Associate Professor Mina Tsay-Vogel” by Wanrong Lisa Qi, about pandemic life at home as a parent (November 12, 2020).

Featured in The Brink, “What voters sweat levels, facial expressions, reveal about their feelings for candidates” by Art Jahnke, about recent biometric study measuring voters feelings about presidential candidates (March 2, 2020).

Featured on WGBH, “BU biometrics study finds Sanders generates most intense emotional response in voters” by Craig Sandler, about recent study assessing physiological responses to top presidential candidates (March 2, 2020).

Featured in State House News Service, “Biometrics study respondents feeling the Bern pre-primary” by Craig Sandler, about recent study using cutting-edge technology to measure reactions to presidential candidates (March 2, 2020).

Featured in International Business Times, “How Netflix binge-watching can change your worldview” by IANS, about recent study on the effects of commonly binge-watched programs on social reality perceptions (April 21, 2019).

Featured on Boston 25 News, “BU study finds binge-watching may be influencing you” by Christine Swartz, about the effects of binge-watching and nature of violence in commonly binge-watched programs (March 27, 2019).

Quoted in BU Today, “Brazen or cautious? Two seniors, two approaches to social media: The debate over sharing too much vs too little” by Megan Woolhouse about the effects of personal information disclosure on social media (March 19, 2019).

Featured in BU Today, “Does binge-watching Netflix warp your view of the world?” by Madeleine OKeefe, about recent study examining violence in commonly binge-watched programs and its effects on mean and kind world perceptions (March 6, 2019).

Featured in Pacific Standard, “Binge-watching can warp your view of the world” by Tom Jacobs, about recent study examining violence in commonly binge-watched programs and its effects on mean and kind world perceptions (January 23, 2019).

Featured in State House News Service, “‘Not just what your mouth says’: BU center goes beyond conscious responses” by Craig Sandler, about the study of physiological responses to media messages in the Communication Research Center (January 21, 2019).

Featured in BU Today, “Charles River Campus has 26 new associate professors” about faculty promotions to the rank of associate professor (June 14, 2018).

Featured in COMtalk, “How to convince a climate change skeptic” by Andrew Thurston, about the effects of proximity of an ecological event and complexity of scientific language on climate change perceptions (Fall 2017).

INTERVIEWED on WCVB’s CityLine with Karen Holmes WARD discussing diversity in THE superhero genre (JUNE 2017)

Featured on WCVB-TVs CityLine, “Re-branding super heroes” with Karen Holmes Ward, about the release of Wonder Woman and the increasing diversity within the superhero genre (June 11, 2017).

Quoted in Toronto Star, “Wanted: Really good villains” by Raju Mudhar, about the appeal of morally ambiguous characters (May 28, 2017).

Featured in The COMmunicator, “BUs Communication Research Center welcomes all” by Emma Park, about recent updates in facilities and technologies in the Communication Research Center (October 31, 2016).


Featured in BU Today, “COM Prof’s study sheds light on undergrad Facebook habits” by Michael Goldberg, about the effects of social media use on privacy attitudes and behaviors (October 3, 2016).

Featured in Now, “TV antiheroes like Cersei and Dexter enthrall us. Heres why” by Robert Lamb, about the reasons we are drawn to morally ambiguous characters (April 2016).

Featured in Futurity, “Why we root for characters who do bad deeds” about the reasons we are drawn to morally ambiguous characters (April 2016).

Screenshot 2016-06-23 23.43.39Featured in COMtalk, “Allure of the antihero” by Lara Ehrlich, about the reasons we are drawn to morally complex characters (Spring 2016).

Featured in BU Today, “#Screentime Conference” about the unique and evolving phenomena of individual and collective experiences with emerging media platforms (July 2, 2015).

Featured in The COMmunicator, “Above the media’s influence: Dr. TV’s latest study on third-person effects” by Ann Schirrmeister, about published research on third-person effects in the context of Facebook (March 17, 2015).

Quoted in The Daily Free Press, “Advertising targets college demographic using social media to build relationships” by Meagan Dawson, about the ways in which advertising appeals to college students’ psychological and social needs and desires (September 29, 2014).

Featured on NerdScholar, “40 under 40: Professors who inspire,” presenting professors chosen based on nominations highlighting their love of teaching and inspiration for young adults of today to be the world leaders and humanitarians of tomorrow (2014).

COM Emerging Media Studies graduate students hosting #Screentime Conference (June, 2015). Jill Walsh, Jennifer Filiault, Mina Tsay-Vogel, Lauren Sale, and Lei Chen.
Emerging Media Studies M.A. students hosting inaugural #Screentime Conference (JUNE 2015)

Featured in BU Today, “East meets west online” by Richard Barlow, about the College of Communication’s new online workshop for incoming Chinese graduate students (July 11, 2014).

Quoted in TeenLife, “The reality of reality TV” by Kimberly Spector Wolf, about the effects of heavy exposure to reality TV on people’s social reality (September 19, 2013).

Quoted in Fast Company, “Why we love TV’s most deeply flawed characters” by Jennifer Miller, about the appeal of morally ambiguous characters (April 5, 2013).

Quoted in The Sun Chronicle, “Tech difficulties” by Andrea Vale, about self-disclosure on Facebook and Internet personae (January 8, 2013).

Quoted in Boston Herald, “New social network blends best of Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr” by Jed Gottlieb, about the prospects of the new social networking site, Pheed (November 4, 2012)

Featured in USA Today, “Top universities and professors for 2011-2012” by Patrick Foster, listed as one of the top 25 ranked professors on (August 29, 2012).

Quoted in Boston Globe, “Time to come clean as soon as possible: Crisis management requires fast action in era of social media” by Stephanie Steinberg, about the risk of misinformation being channeled when using social media (August 2, 2012).

Quoted in Boston Herald, “Salt-and-ice dare draws warnings from medical experts” by Tenley Woodman, about the popularity of novel videos posted in social media (July 16, 2012).

Quoted in Entertainment Weekly, “I’m not here to make friends: Why reality TV’s smartest stars love to be hated” by Lanford Beard, about the strategic use of underhanded conduct on reality TV programs (July 12, 2012).

Quoted in Greatist, “Why we’re obsessed with reality TV” by Nicole McDermott, about the effects of consuming high doses of reality-based programming (July 11, 2012).

Featured in COMtalk (official biannual publication for alumni, parents and friends of Boston University’s College of Communication), “Researchers at COM are uncovering trends in communication, and highlighting new ways of business” by Andrew Thursday, about how television news frames Twitter (Spring/Summer 2012).

Quoted in Boston Herald, “Boston reacts to Wikipedia’s protest blackout” by Dan O’Brien, about reactions toward the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Internet Protocol Act (January 18, 2012).

Quoted in Boston Herald, “Facebook suicide intervention tool response mixed” by Dan O’Brien, about the new Facebook feature that lets users report suicidal content to website administrators (December 15, 2011).

Featured in Research at Boston University 2011 (official yearly research magazine at Boston University), “The face-time continuum” by James O’Brien, about current research on social media and reality TV on privacy perceptions (December 13, 2011).

Quoted in The National, “Now starring in TV’s prime time: The recessions” by Sonya Bell, about gratifications sought from recession-based reality TV shows (October 11, 2011).

Quoted in Boston Herald, “Fake tweets terrorize Twitterverse” by Dan O’Brien, about the phenomenon of fake tweets (September 30, 2011).

Featured on WCVB-TV evening news with Pam Cross, about the effects of Facebook’s new top story feature (September 21, 2011).

Quoted in Times Union, “Social media menu gets fuller: Entry of Google+ means even more potential for overload” by Kristi Gustafson Barlette, about the shift in expectations of communication dictated by social media (August 18, 2011).

Featured on Professor Voices: Opinions and Views by Boston University Experts, “Is Google+ the next Facebook?” (August 17, 2011).

Featured on New England Cable News evening news with Greg Wayland, “Bin Laden’s death sparks video game controversy” (May 9, 2011).

Quoted in CNN, “Why understanding online can work against you” by Eliza Ridgeway, about the disintegration in the boundaries of public and private in social media environments (April 13, 2011).

Quoted in The New York Times, “The footprints of web feet” by Austin Considine, about social media’s evolution in influencing privacy perceptions and a growing reliance on information, taste, and behaviors of other consumers (March 4, 2011).

Quoted in The Patriot Ledger, “Online threats pose a problem for police, schools and parents” by Christian Schiavone, about the limitations of adult monitoring children’s Facebook profiles (January 18, 2011).

Quoted in The Sun Chronicle, “Trolling for the grief-stricken” by Matt Kakley, about the absence of negative consequences of trolling (October 5, 2010).

Quoted in Boston Herald, “Web catches the lows of student life: Privacy a major worry” by Renee Dudley, about the commodification of people’s privacy online (April 25, 2010).

Featured on Fox 25 evening news with Sara Underwood, about the psychological and social effects of Chatroulette (March 30, 2010).

Quoted in BU Today (Arts and Entertainment), “Next: Chatroulette, face-to-face with strangers from anywhere, anytime” by Caroline Hailey, about Chatroulette’s social implications on privacy norms (March 22, 2010).

Quoted in The Wall Street Journal, “Small businesses develop taste for spotlight on reality TV shows” by Emily Maltby, about the voyeuristic nature of reality-based programming (January 26, 2010).

Quoted in Boston Teens in Print, partnered with The Boston Globe, “Are you addicted to Facebook” by Cheila Martinez, about the prevalent use and psychological effects of Facebook on teenagers (November/December 2009).

Quoted in The Boston Herald, “New slang is totes ridic,” by Michael Marotta, about the use of slang in social media environments (November 18, 2009).

Featured in the Communication Research Podcast, a production of the Communication Research Center at the College of Communication at Boston University, discussing the affective, cognitive, and behavioral components of media enjoyment predicting overall enjoyment of programs (October 26, 2009).

Featured on WBZ-TV evening news with Jon Keller, about Polo Ralph Lauren controversy over computer-generated model (October 8, 2009).