René Weber (CV) received his Ph.D. (Dr.rer.nat.) in Psychology from the University of Technology in Berlin, Germany, and his M.D. (Dr.rer.medic.) in Psychiatry and Cognitive Neuroscience from the RWTH University in Aachen, Germany. He is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California in Santa Barbara and director of UCSB’s Media Neuroscience Lab. He was the first media psychology scholar to regularly use fMRI to investigate a series of various media effects, from the impact of violence in video games to the effectiveness of anti-drug PSAs. He has published four books and more than 130 journal articles and book chapters (April, 2020) His research has been supported by grants from national scientific foundations in the United States and Germany, as well as through private philanthropies and industry contracts. He is a Fellow of the International Communication Association. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8247-7341
Chelsea is a PhD student in the Department of Communication at UCSB. Her research interests include cognitive communication science and interactive media. Specifically, her research focuses on the relationship between cognitive sex differences, media usage, and media effects. She was awarded distinction in the major in Psychology for her research which examined how individual player differences such as spatial ability, and video game features including gender themes and spatial demands relate to female game preferences. Her research received third place at UCSB’s URCA annual colloquium in the Social Sciences category. Chelsea is an alumna of UCSB where she received a BA in both Communication and Psychology.
Frederic is a MA/PhD student in the Department of Communication at UCSB. Broadly speaking, his research explores media processes and effects from cognitive and neuroscientific perspectives. Specifically, his current research focuses on neural responses to morally-laden media content to predict real-world outcomes, such as media preferences or political judgment and decision making. Before attending UCSB, Frederic held several research assistant positions at the University of Mannheim, where he investigated the effects of cyberostracism in social media environments and the role of entertainment experiences for the processing of political talk shows. Frederic holds a BA in Media and Communication Studies with a minor in Political Science from the University of Mannheim.
Jacob is a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a researcher in the Media Neuroscience Lab, and a trainee of the National Science Foundation IGERT in Network Science and Big Data. He researches multimedia processing and media multitasking from a network neuroscience perspective. His current work investigates how certain digital environments can modulate attentional networks in the brain, and how these modulatory effects can be harnessed to develop novel treatments for cognitive processing disorders like ADHD.
Yibei is a graduate student in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a researcher in the Media Neuroscience Lab. She is interested in all kinds of computational methods and combining those with neuroscience research. Currently, she works on how latent moral content predicts real-world behaviors and whether moral values could be used to predict communities in a network
Paula is a MA/PhD student in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a researcher in the Media Neuroscience Lab. She is interested in applying a neuroscientific lens to questions concerning cognitive control mechanisms and mass media effects. Her most recent research investigated the role of media multitasking in eliciting psychological well-being, explicating the motivations of well-being from a hedonic and eudaimonic perspective. Paula received her BA in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Melbourne.
Sungbin is a graduate student in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a researcher in the Media Neuroscience Lab. He is interested in message processing and how it affects people’s judgment and behaviors. He is also an advocate of theory-method synergy.