Department of Communication
Effects of Leadership Style on Perceived Cohesion of Members in Voluntary Student Run Groups
Faculty Advisor: Penny Avery and David Weinandy
The purpose of this research is to determine if there is a correlation between leadership style –transformational or transactional – and perceived cohesion of members in voluntary, student-run organizations at colleges. The Leadership and Cohesion Hypothesis predicts that organizations with transformational leaders have more highly cohesive members than organizations with transactional leaders. This hypothesis is based on research suggesting that transformational leadership is more conducive to organizational success and member morale than transactional. Since a review of literature provided limited information about leadership style and member cohesion in regards to voluntary groups, and limited research on the topic studied on a college campus, the proposed project is significant. The study will attempt to help fill the research gap by hopefully providing more insight into how student organizations are affected by leadership style. This research has potential to help students in leadership positions better understand their leadership style and improve their membership.
Forgiveness and Emotional Contagion
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Penny Avery & David Weinandy
My research goal is to explore whether or not emotional contagion has an effect on one’s ability to forgive a transgressor when forgiveness is requested. According to Sato (2009) there may be times where an individual may not be able to empathize with the transgressor. This is particularly true with transgressions that are particularly emotionally sensitive. However, Andrews (2008) suggests that a high emotional contagion is more of an indicator of the likelihood of forgiveness in situations with high emotional sensitivity. Research conducted will look at the relationship between empathy and forgiveness.
Perceived Nutrition Analysis
Faculty Advisor: David Weinandy
The purpose of the Perceived Nutrition Analysis study is to measure whether a relationship exists between the marketing of food products and the perceived nutritional value an individual has regarding the product.
Influences of Horror Movie Promotion Type on Professional Film Critics’ Reviews
Dr. Penny Avery and David Weinandy
This study uses archival research to investigate the potential differences between movie reviews from professional film critics for motion picture horror films that are either promoted as being based on true stories or are not promoted as being based on true stories but have that look and feel (also called the “Found Footage” subgenre). I hypothesize that horror films that are promoted as being based on true stories may receive more negative reviews than horror films from the found footage subgenre. Motion picture distributors often rely on positive reviews from professional film critics as part of their marketing campaigns. With this information, distributors could improve their marketing strategies by promoting films in a way that would have the potential for more favorable reviews—in this case, by either continuing to promote factual stories as real or by choosing not to include this information in their marketing efforts.
Alyssa Frese & Kaitlyn Henninger
Managing Conflict in Long-Distance Dating Relationships
Faculty Advisor: David Weinandy & Dr. Penny Avery
The purpose of this study is to identify the medium of communication that people involved in long-distance dating relationships use during episodes of conflict. To participate, you must be between the ages of 18 and 25 years of age and either currently in a long-distance dating relationship or have been within the last year. In this study, the long-distance dating relationship is defined as being a minimum of one hour away and not being able to see the other person every week.
Margaret Helmer & Jasmine Weston
Parental Financial Support During College and Parent-Student Communication
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Penny Avery and David Weinandy
The purpose of this study is to discover whether there is a relationship between the level of parental financial support traditional-age college students report receiving and the extent of student-reported communication between parent(s) and themselves about college-related responsibilities and experiences. Our literature review revealed that overparenting (aka helicopter parenting) has been a popular subject of study, but scholarly literature is still lacking in this area. Helicopter parenting refers to parents who are in constant communication with their students and are overly involved in the students' life decisions and issues. The present study may lend support to another factor relating to why a parent may be overly-involved in his/her college student's life in regards to a parent's financial investment/support and the amount of communication exchanged. Research for this study will be based on student-reported information, and conducted through online surveys, which allow us to reach more subjects who fit our criteria.
Brandon Lawson & Shawni Vande Poel
Childhood Family Structure and Communication in Adulthood
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Penny Avery and David Weinandy
The purpose of this study is to research the potential effect of the family structure in which a child grew up and the communication style of that child in adulthood. Subjects were asked to reflect on their family structure during a particular developmental stage as well as their communication behaviors in their current adult relationships.We hypothesize that males between the ages 18-25 which grew up in a single-mother household for at least 5 years will display more of a feminine communication style than their peers who were raised in biological mother-father households.
Perceived Personal Integrity of Others in Interpersonal Interactions
Facilty Advisor: Dr. Penny Avery and David Weinandy
The goal of this study is to explore whether there is a relationship between the channels of message delivery (face-to-face vs. non face-to-face) and how another person’s integrity is evaluated with regard to a communication interaction. I hypothesize that these individuals will have questionable or compromised integrity when they are able to communicate through non face-to-face interactions. This research can help to bring awareness to our generation, that may choose one message delivery over another, and the way they or others may be perceived through the interaction.
Mishay Shook & Nina Kirkpatrick
Evaluation of Self-Disclosure on a First Date
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Penny Avery
This study seeks to understand what individuals from both sexes perceive to be appropriate topics for the first date. The purpose of this study is to discover if there is a relationship between biological sex and self-disclosure