The Media Neuroscience Lab engages in the scientific
endeavor and contributes to the field by sharing
knowledge and ideas through publications


Refereed Journal Publications


Malik, M., Hopp, F. R., & Weber, R. (2022). Representations of racial minorities in popular movies: A content-analytic synergy of computer vision and network science. Computational Communication Research, 4(1), 208-253. (Link)


Chen, Y., Hopp, F. R., Malik, M., Wang, P. T., Woodman, K., Youk, S., & Weber, R. (2022). Reproducing FSL’s fMRI data analysis via Nipype: Relevance, challenges, and solutions. Frontiers in Neuroimaging, 1:953215. (Link)


Malik, M., Hopp, F. R., Chen, Y., & Weber, R. (2021). Does regional variation in
pathogen prevalence predict the moralization of language in COVID19 news? Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 40(5-6), 653-676. Link


Hopp, F. R., & Weber, R.* (2021). Rejoinder: How methodological decisions impact the validity of moral content analyses. Communication Monographs, 88(3), 389393. Link


Hopp, F. R., & Weber, R.* (2021). Reflections on extracting moral foundations from media content. Communication Monographs, 88(3), 371379. Link


Grall, C., Tamborini, T., Weber, R., & Schmälzle, R. (2021). Stories Collectively Engage Listeners’ Brains: Enhanced Intersubject Correlations during Reception of Personal Narratives. Journal of Communication, 71(2), 332-335. Link


Fisher, J. T., Hopp, F. R., & Weber, R. (2021). A practical introduction to network neuroscience for communication researchers. Communication Methods and Measures. Link


Huskey, R., Turner, B., & Weber, R. (2020). Individual differences in brain responses: New opportunities for tailoring health communication campaigns. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14, 531. Link


Levine, T. R., & Weber, R. (2020). Unresolved heterogeneity in meta-analysis: Combined construct invalidity, confounding, and other challenges to understanding mean effect sizes. Human Communication Research, 46(2-3), 343-354. Link


Hopp, F. R., Fisher, J. T., & Weber, R. (2020). A graph-learning approach for detecting moral conflicts in movie scripts. Media and Communication, 8(3), 164-179. Link


Carpenter, J., Brady, W., Crockett, M., Weber, R., & Sinnott-Armstrong, W. (in press). Political polarization and moral outrage on social media. The University of Connecticut Law Review. Link


Hopp, F.R., Fisher, J.T., Cornell, D., Huskey, R., & Weber, R. (2020) The extended moral foundations dictionary (eMFD): Development and applications of a crowd-sourced approach to extracting moral intuitions from text. Behavior Research Methods. Link


Hopp, F. R., Fisher, J. T., & Weber, R. (2020). Dynamic transactions between news frames and sociopolitical events: An integrative, hidden markov model approach. Journal of Communication. Link


Weber, R., Behr, K. M., Fisher, J. T., Lonergan, C., & Quebral, C. (2020). Video game violence and interactivity: Effect or equivalence? Journal of Communication, 70(2), 219-244. Link.


Weber, R., & Hopp, F. R. (2020). Moral emotions and conflict motivate actions. Insights: Consumer Neuroscience in Business.


Dienlin, T., Johannes, N., Bowman, N., Masur, P. K., Engesser, S., … Weber, R., … DeVreese, C. (2020). An agenda for open science in communication. Journal of Communication. Link


Klasen, M., Mathiak, K. A., Zvyagintsev, M., Sarkheil, P., Weber, R., & Mathiak, K. (2020). Selective reward responses to violent success events during video games. Brain structure and function, 225(1), 57-69. Link


Fisher, J. T., Hopp, F. R., & Weber, R. (2019). Modality-Specific Effects of Perceptual Load in Multimedia Processing. Media and Communication, 7(4), 149-165. Link


Lonergan, C., & Weber, R. (2019). Reconceptualizing Physical Sex as a Continuum: Are There Sex Differences in Video Game Preference?. Mass Communication and Society, 23(3), 1-31. Link


Van Atteveldt, W., Margolin, D., Shen, C., Trilling, D., & Weber, R. (2019). A roadmap for computational communication research. Computational Communication Research, 1(1), 1-11. Link


Hopp, F. R., Schaffer, J. A., Fisher, J. T., Cornell, D., & Weber, R. (2019). iCoRe: The GDELT interface for the advancement of communication research. Computational Communication Research, 1(1), 13-44. Link


Klasen, M., Wolf, D., Eisner, P. D., Eggermann, T., Zerres, K., Zepf, F. D., Weber, R., Mathiak, K. (2019). Serotonergic contributions to human brain aggression networks. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 13, 42. Link

Authored Books & Edited Books/Special Issues


Floyd, K., & Weber, R.* (Eds.). (2020). The Handbook of Communication Science and Biology. New York, NY: Routledge. (* Authors in alphabetical order) Link


Weber, R. (2015). Brain, mind, and media: Neuroscience meets media psychology. Journal of Media Psychology, 27(3). Special Issue.


Weber, R. (2015). Biology and brains methodological innovations in communication science. Communication Methods and Measures, 9(1-2). Special Issue.


Weber, R., & Fuller, R. (2013). Statistical methods for communication researcher and professionals (Preliminary & 1st Revised Edition). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.


Refereed and Invited Book & Handbook Chapters


Weber, R., & Hopp, F. R. (in press). Moral conflict, screen stories, and narrative appeal. In C. Platinga & G. Strpko (Eds.), Screen stories and moral understanding (pp. 11). Location: Publisher.


Weber, R., Mangus, J. M., Huskey, R., Hopp, F. R., Amir, O., Swanson, R., Gordon, A.S., Khooshabeh, P., Hahn, L., & Tamborini, R. (2018). Extracting latent moral information from text narratives: Relevance, challenges, and solutions. In W. van Atteveldt, & W. Peng (Eds.), Computational methods for communication science (pp. 3959). New York, NY: Routledge. This chapter is a reprint of an article originally published in Communication Methods and Measures.


Fisher, J. T., Lonergan, C., Hopp, F. R., & Weber, R. (2021). Media entertainment, flow experiences, and the synchronization of audiences. In P. Vorderer & C. Klimmt (Eds.), Oxford handbook of entertainment theory (pp. 343-362). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Link


Weber, R., & Fisher, J. T. (2020). Flow. In J. V. d. Bulck (Ed.), International encyclopedia of media psychology (pp. 680-685). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.


Fisher, J. T., & Weber, R. (2020). Limited capacity model of motivated mediated message processing. In J. V. d. Bulck (Ed.), International encyclopedia of media psychology (pp. 865-878). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.


Tamborini, R., & Weber, R. (2020). Advancing the model of intuitive morality and exemplars. In K. Floyd & R. Weber (Eds.), The handbook of communication science and biology (pp. 456-469). New York, NY: Routledge.


Fisher, J. T., Huskey, R., Keene, J., & Weber, R. (2020). The life of a model: Commentary on “How the LC4MP became the DHCCST”. In K. Floyd & R. Weber (Eds.), The handbook of communication science and biology (pp. 409-415). New York, NY: Routledge.


Hopp, F. R., & Weber, R. (2020). The state of the art and the future of functional magnetic resonance imaging in communication research. In K. Floyd & R. Weber (Eds.), The handbook of communication science and biology (pp. 279-291). New York, NY: Routledge.


Weber, R., & Fisher, J. T. (2020). Advancing the synchronization theory of flow experiences. In K. Floyd & R. Weber (Eds.), The handbook of communication science and biology (pp. 157-176). New York, NY: Routledge.


Floyd, K., & Weber, R. (2020). Introduction. In K. Floyd & R. Weber (Eds.), The handbook of communication science and biology (pp. 3-9). New York, NY: Routledge.


Weber, R., Hopp, F. R., & Fisher, J. T. (2020). The moral narrative analyzer (MoNA): A platform for extracting moral emotions and conflict from messages at scale. In F. v. Zandvoort (Ed.), The Neuromarketing Yearbook 2020 (pp. 56-57). Utrecht, Netherlands: Neuromarketing Science and Business Association.


Fisher, J. T., & Weber, R. (2020). Innovative health interventions at the intersection of neuroimaging and multimedia design. In J. Kim & H. Song (Eds.), Technology and health: Promoting attitude and behavior change (pp. 333-351). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.


Bolls, P., Weber, R., Lang, A., & Potter, R. (2020). Media psychophysiology and neuroscience: Bringing brain science into media processes and effects research. In M. B. Oliver, A. Raney & J. Bryant (Eds.), Media effects: Advances in theory and research (4th ed., pp. 195-210). New York, NY: Routledge.


Lonergan, C., Craighead, B., & Weber, R. (2019). Hardwired to play: An evolutionary, neurophysiological approach to video game research. In J. Breuer, D. Pietschmann, B. Liebold & B. P. Lange (Eds.), Evolutionary psychology and digital games: Digital hunter-gatherers (pp.49-60). New York, NY: Routledge.