The Media School
rachbail 'at' indiana 'dot' edu
My research uses experimental, computational, and psychophysiological methods to study the dynamics of complex human media interactions. My research program seeks to discover and explicate the complex interactions among relevant individual, environmental, and media characteristics during media use which have significant downstream effects on important human behaviors (e.g. learning, decision making, behavior change, enjoyment). Further, my degrees in mass communication from Indiana University (PhD December 2013), strategic communication, and psychology from the University of Missouri (BJ, BA, 2007; MA 2008) along with my industry experience with Disney Media Networks doing biometric evaluation and research have prepared me to teach a range of classes within most existing curricula as well as new courses directly related to my research expertise.
I will be joining the faculty of Washington State University in Spring 2014 with an appointment in media psychology and communication theory. I will also be directing the Communication Emotion and Cognition Lab. The link to my webpage above includes my most current CV, research and teaching philosophies and a little bit more about me in general. If you are interested in chatting with me, please feel free to contact me directly.