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Paul Wright

Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Telecommunications.

Radio-TV Center, Room 346
(812) 855-3254

paulwrig 'at'

Assistant Professor, joined IU 2011. Graduate education: California State University, Fullerton (M.A., 2006); University of Arizona (Ph.D., 2011). Full Member of the International Academy of Sex Research (2013).

Research interests include media effects and health communication, particularly sexual socialization and sexual health. Teaching interests include sex in the media, media processes and effects, and media and health.

Representative publications:

Wright, P.J. (in press). Americans' attitudes toward premarital sex and pornography consumption: A national panel analysis. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Wright, P.J., & Funk, M. (in press). Pornography consumption and opposition to affirmative action for women: A prospective study. Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Wright, P.J., & Randall, A.K. (in press). Pornography consumption, education, and support for same-sex marriage among adult U.S. males. Communication Research.

Wright, P.J., & Tokunaga, R.S. (in press). Activating the centerfold syndrome: Recency of exposure, sexual explicitness, past exposure to objectifying media. Communication Research.

Wright, P.J., Tokunaga, R.S., & Bae, S. (in press). Pornography consumption and U.S adultsí attitudes toward gay individualsí civil liberties, moral judgments of homosexuality, and support for same-sex marriage: Mediating and moderating factors. Communication Monographs.

Wright, P.J., Arroyo, A., & Bae, S. (in press). An experimental analysis of young womenís attitude toward the male gaze following exposure to centerfold images of varying explicitness. Communication Reports.

Wright, P.J., Tokunaga, R.S., & Bae, S. (2014). More than a dalliance? Pornography consumption and extramarital sex attitudes among married U.S. adults. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 3, 97-109.

Wright, P.J. (2013). U.S. males and pornography, 1973-2010: Consumption, predictors, correlates. Journal of Sex Research, 50, 60-71.

Wright, P.J. (2013). Internet pornography exposure and womenís attitude towards extramarital sex. Communication Studies, 64, 315-336.

Wright, P.J., & Arroyo, A. (2013). Internet pornography and U.S. womenís sexual risk behavior: Results from a national sample. Mass Communication and Society, 16, 617-638.

Wright, P.J., & Bae, S. (2013). Pornography consumption and attitudes toward homosexuality: A national longitudinal study. Human Communication Research, 39, 492-513.

Wright, P.J., Bae, S., & Funk, M. (2013). American women and pornography through four decades: Exposure, attitudes, behaviors, individual differences. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 1131-1144.

Wright, P.J., Randall, A.K., & Arroyo, A. (2013). Father-daughter communication about sex moderates the association between exposure to MTVís 16 and Pregnant/Teen Mom and female studentsí pregnancy-risk behavior. Sexuality & Culture, 17, 50-66.

Wright, P.J. (2012). A longitudinal analysis of U.S. adultsí pornography exposure: Sexual socialization, selective exposure, and the moderating role of unhappiness. Journal of Media Psychology, 24, 67-76.

Wright, P.J. (2012). Show me the data! Empirical support for the centerfold syndrome. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 13, 180-198.

Wright, P.J., & Randall, A.K. (2012). Internet pornography exposure and risky sexual behavior among adult males in the United States. Computers in Human Behavior, 28, 1410-1416.

Wright, P.J., Randall, A.K., & Hayes, J.G. (2012). Predicting the condom assertiveness of collegiate females in the United States from the expanded health belief model. International Journal of Sexual Health, 24, 137-153.

Wright, P.J., Malamuth, N.M., & Donnerstein, E. (2012). Research on sex in the media: What do we know about effects on children and adolescents? In D. G. Singer & J. L. Singer (Eds.), Handbook of children and the media (pp. 273-302). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Wright, P.J. (2011). Mass media effects on youth sexual behavior: Assessing the claim for causality. Communication Yearbook, 35, 343-386.

Wright, P.J., & McKinley, C.J. (2011). Mental health resources for LGBT collegians: A content analysis of college counseling center websites. Journal of Homosexuality, 58, 138-147.

Wright, P.J., & McKinley, C.J. (2010). Services and information for sexually compulsive students on college counseling center websites: Results from a national sample. Journal of Health Communication, 15, 665-678.

Wright, P.J. (2009). Sexual socialization messages in mainstream entertainment mass media: A review and synthesis. Sexuality & Culture, 4, 181-200.