The Motivational Pull of Television Dramas

Paul Adachi, PhD University of Rochester padachi@ur.rochester.edu Binge watching hit drama TV series seems to be a common practice these days.  Americans spend over 30 hours a week watching TV and dramas are among the most popular genres (Nielsen, 2012, 2017).  Although media psychologists have long been interested in why people watch TV, my colleagues…

The Unresponsive #Cyberbystander: Why Don’t We Help

Kelly P. Dillon, PhD Department of Communication, Wittenberg University dillonk@wittenberg.edu @KellyPDillon We know from decades of anecdotes, observations, and scientific research that it is critical to make bystanders aware of emergencies occurring in their immediate environment. In the post-9/11 era, the phrase “see something, say something” captured the idea succinctly. But what about less obvious…