Dr. Matthews (PhD, Indiana University) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University. His research concerns how communication affects cooperation and conflict. One branch of his research focuses on theory construction in moral psychology by investigating how individuals and groups form and maintain their systems of morality via communication. The other branch investigates how individual differences and message characteristics affect how people process interactive violence.
Dr. Read (PhD, Indiana University) is the founder and director of the Brain, Body, and Media Lab. She is an assistant professor of advertising in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Dr. Read’s research focuses on the interactions between media messages and identity with an overarching interest in social, cognitive, affective, and physiological mechanisms. Her central vein of research examines processes underlying responses to identity/representation in media messages. Other research interests include the use of media and communication technology to promote positive health and social outcomes.
Jess (ABD, Indiana University) is a Doctoral Candidate in The Media School at Indiana University researching video game content, design, and effects. She is also a User Research Analyst at id Software. Her research has examined video game fandoms, character design, and player effects using social psychological and gender theories. Currently, she is interested in applying video games effects research to enhance player experience and game usability, particularly for women and marginalized groups.