Alanna Peebles

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  • Teaching Assistant
  • Communication Science
Office Hours:
  • By appointment
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My name is Alanna, and I am a current Ph.D. student in Communication Science under the mentorship of Professor Marie-Louise Mares. My main interest revolves around how people - particularly preschool-aged children - can more positively interact with and benefit from media use. Starting June 2014, I became an Early Career Fellow of the Fred Roger's Center along with my former lab-mate, James Alex Bonus. We were the first researchers to be awarded this fellowship. I have held previous internships at Common Sense Media, Children Now, The Children's Discovery Museum of San José, and the psychophysiology lab at the University of California-San Francisco. Since 2017, I have been a regular volunteer and teacher's assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Child Development Laboratory. In the 2018 Fall semester, I will be a TA for CA 272.


  • Mares, M.L., Bonus, J.A., & Peebles, A. (in press). Love or comprehension? Exploring strategies for children's prosocial media. Communication Research.
  • Peebles, A., Bonus, J.A., & Mares, M.L. (2018). Questions + answers+ agency: Interactive touchscreens and children's learning from a socio-emotional TV story. Computers in Human Behavior.
  • Riddle, K., Peebles, A., Davis, C., Xu, F., & Schroeder, E. (2017). The addictive potential of television binge watching: Comparing intentional and unintentional binges. Psychology of Popular Media Culture.
  • Bonus, J.A., Peebles, A., Mares, M.L., & Sarmiento, I.G. (2017). Look on the bright side (of media effects): Pokémon Go as a catalyst for positive life experiences. Media Psychology.
  • Martins, N., Mares, M.L., Malacane, M., & Peebles, A. (2016). Liked characters get a moral pass: Young viewers’ evaluations of social and physical aggression in tween sitcoms. Communication Research, 0093650216644016.
  • Bonus, J.A., Peebles, A., & Riddle, K. (2015). The influence of violent video game enjoyment on hostile attributions. Computers in Human Behavior, 52, 472-483.
  • Mayer, R.E., Lee, H., & Peebles, A. (2014). Multimedia learning in a second language: A cognitive load perspective. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28, 653-660.

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Last Updated: Jul 2018


  • M.A. Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016
  • B.A. Psychology, University of California - Santa Barbara, 2013


  • Graduate Student Research Grant , Communication Arts Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2018
  • Graduate Student Peer Mentor Award, Nominee , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2018
  • University Fellowship , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2017
  • Early Teaching Excellence Award, Nominee , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2015
  • Graduate Research Fellowships Program, Honorable Mention , National Science Foundation , 2015
  • Co-Author on Top Paper , International Communication Association: Children, Adolescents, and Media Division , 2014
  • University Fellowship , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2013
  • The Morgan Award for Research Promise in Psychology , University of California-Santa Barbara , 2013
  • Highest Honors , University of California-Santa Barbara , 2013
  • Summa cum laude / Mortar Board Award , University of California-Santa Barbara , 2013