Marie-Louise Mares

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  • Professor
  • Communication Science
Office Hours:
  • Wednesday 12:00-2:00 PM
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Developmental media effects: children, aging, educational television, emotional responses. In my research on children, I am particularly interested in the possibility that television and other media can be used for positive social change, including reducing prejudice. To that end, I have been examining children's comprehension and interpretations of prosocial and educational programs and ways to make such programming more effective. In my research on adults, I have been interested in examining what it is about aging that might cause changes in media use and effects. I am currently studying how the emotional experiences we seek out via media use vary across the adult life span.

Honors/Awards

  • Top 4 Paper Conference Theme Aging Across the Life Span , ICA , 2015
  • Top Paper Award, with Nicole Martins, Mona Macalane, and Alanna Peebles , ICA, Children and Media Division , 2014
  • Best Article Award, with Michael T. Braun , ICA, Children and Media Division , 2014
  • Fellowship , Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) , 2012

Articles

  • 2014. "“Vámonos means go, but that’s made up for the show” Preschool viewers’ interpretations of cultural depictions in TV programming." Developmental Psychology , 50, 2498-2511 .
  • 2014. "Making sense of violence: Perceived meaningfulness as a predictor of audience interest in violent media content." Journal of Communication , 64, 956-976. .
  • 2013. "Effects of Sesame Street: A meta-analysis of children’s learning in 15 countries." Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology , 34, 140-151. .
  • 2012. "Pessimism and anxiety: Effects of tween sitcoms on expectations and feelings about peer relationships in school." Media Psychology , 15, 121-147 .
  • 2012. "Pessimism and anxiety: Effects of tween sitcoms on expectations and feelings about peer relationships in school." Media Psychology , 15, 121-147 .
  • 2010. "Teaching tolerance via TV narratives in the US: Young viewers need help with the message." Journal of Children and Media , 4, 231-242 .
  • 2010. "The multiple meanings of age for television viewing." Human Communication Research , 36, 372-396 .
  • 2008. "Age differences in adults’ emotional motivations for exposure to films." Media Psychology , 11, 377-399 .
  • 2008. "Be kind to three-legged dogs: Children’s literal interpretations of TV’s moral lessons." Media Psychology, 11, 377-399 .

Chapters

  • 2013. "Prosocial effects of television content for children." Media Effects/Media Psychology: International Companion to Media Studies , Erica Scharrer New York: Blackwell .
  • 2012. "Effects of prosocial media content on children's social interactions." Handbook of children and the media (2nd Ed.) , D. G. Singer & J. L. Singer Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. .
  • 2009. "Educational programming and learning." The SAGE handbook of media processes and effects , R. Nabi & M. B. Oliver Thousands Oaks, CA: Sage , 331-344 .

Other

  • Associate Editor, International Encyclopedia of Media Processes. New York: ICA & Wiley .
  • Mares, M.L. & Pan, Z.. Method in Action Case Studies: Meta-Analysis - Effects of Sesame Street on Children's Learning in 15 countries. SAGE Research Method Cases. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage .

Courses

  • CA 361 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication Arts
  • CA 565 - Communication & Interethnic Behavior
  • CA 616 - Mass Media and Youth
  • CA 325 - Mass Media and Human Behavior