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Communication Studies at UCLA is an interdisciplinary program that encompasses such highly contemporary areas as new technology, media effects, First Amendment law, and the telecommunication industry. Other areas of research include persuasion, political communication, history of communication, emotions, and evolutionary psychology.

Cross-cultural laughter data Phase II


Data and R code for manuscript "The perception of spontaneous and volitional laughter across 21 societies."

Published data Bryant et al. (2016) PNAS


Complete dataset for manuscript "Detecting affiliation in colaughter across 24 societies" in PNAS.

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Cover page of Virtual Discussion: Web-based Discussion Forums in Political Science

Virtual Discussion: Web-based Discussion Forums in Political Science


On-line discussion, while promising in theory, often turns out to be disappointing in application. Low levels of student participation are a particularly vexing and common problem. I argue that to overcome these chronic problems, instructors must recognize the collective action problems inherent in on-line discussion and address them, primarily through the use of selective incentives.

I test this contention using on-line experiments conducted on undergraduate political science students. The results of the experiments provide evidence of an underlying free-rider problem and support for the contention that selective incentives are an effective means of overcoming this problem. In another level of analysis, the experiment also shows that even basic student-to-student on-line discussion can be an effective teaching tool, rivaling the effectiveness of more costly traditional web sites.

Cover page of Exposure  to Pornography and  Reactions  to Rape

Exposure to Pornography and Reactions to Rape


80 male and female students were exposed to sexually violent, sexually non-violent or neutral stimuli. All subjects then viewed an interview with an actual rape victim and responded to a questionnaire assessing rape-related attitudes and perceptions. Weeks later, subjects indicated their views on rape as part of what was purported to be a general survey of public attitudes. The data indicated that exposure to sexual stimuli, of a violent or non-violent nature, reduced the extent to which subjects perceived that pornography may have detrimental effects but did not affect reactions to rape. Correlational data revealed that sexual arousal to the portrayal of sexual violence, but not to non-violent sexuality, was associated with a self-reported possibility of engaging in rape, a self-report that was strongly related to a callous attitude towards rape and rape victims.

Cover page of Erotica, Aggression and Perceived Appropriateness

Erotica, Aggression and Perceived Appropriateness


Malamuth, Feshbach, & Jaffe (1977) recently outlined a model designed to integrate some of the findings in the sex and aggression literature. The purpose of the present paper is to elaborate upon some aspects of that model, to discuss a recent experiment designed to directly test its predictions, and to consider additional directions for the model's development and for research.