Center for Communication Research

The Center for Communication Research (CCR) facilitates collaborative, interdisciplinary social research within the University of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas region, and broader intellectual community. Toward this end, the CCR seeks to stimulate and support interdisciplinary collaborations; provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate participation; engage regional, state, and national funding agencies; and acquire and maintain the equipment necessary to support research endeavors. The CCR manages a research lab space that includes state-of-the-art technology for studying all facets of communication.

The associated research lab space is located in Kimpel #405 and #405A (1,347 square feet). The following hardware and software are available:

  • Perception analyzer equipment from DialSmith to gauge moment-to-moment audience responses to both prerecorded and live media content
  • SnapStream video server to simultaneously record multiple channels of television programming
  • Tobii Pro Spectrum eye tracker to measure both point of gaze and eye movement (1200 Hz)
  • Tobii Pro Nano portable eye trackers to measure both point of gaze and eye movement outside of the lab (60Hz)
  • BioPac products to collect heart rate, blood pressure, and electrodermal activity
  • Portable audio and video recording equipment
  • Dell laptop computers and desktop computers
  • Mangold Interact software to transcribe, annotate, interpret, and code texts
  • SONA Systems cloud-based participant management software

The following research projects were recently funded by the CCR.

  • Lindsey Aloia- Individual and Relational Outcomes Associated with Dispositional Forgiveness
  • Lisa Corrigan- Shock and Awe: The Violence of John Brown’s Body
  • Mengfei Guan- Exploring the Effects of Discrete Emotions Before and After Health Information Seeking
  • Fred Jennings- Political Identity and Polarization
  • Ryan Neville-Shepard- Agitation and Containment of Third Party Outsiders in Presidential Debates
  • Matthew Spialek- Coping During the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Yaguang Zhu- Designing for the Dynamic Needs of Young Adult Cancer Survivors

For more information, contact the Director of the CCR, Dr. Lindsey Aloia, by phone (479-575-5954) or email.

The CCR fully supports the Department of Communication faculty's and affiliate members' research agendas.

Department of Communication

  • Myria Allen
  • Lindsey Aloia
  • Trish Amason
  • Robert Brady
  • Margaret Butcher
  • Lisa Corrigan
  • Mengfei Guan
  • Joe Hatfield
  • Fred Jennings
  • Richard Jones
  • Ryan Neville-Shepard
  • Meredith Neville-Shepard
  • Frank Scheide
  • Stephanie Schulte
  • Russell Sharman
  • Matthew Spialek
  • Kasey Walker
  • Ron Warren
  • Robert Wicks
  • Yaguang Zhu

College of Education and Health Professions

  • Stephen Dittmore
  • Brian Primack

Clinton School of Public Service

  • Robert Richards

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

  • Marty Matlock

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

  • Dennis Beck

Department of Food Science

  • Jamie Baum

Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation

  • Michelle Gray

Department of Political Science

  • Barcu Bayram
  • Patrick Conge
  • Andrew Dowdle
  • Valerie Hunt
  • Angie Maxwell
  • Patrick Stewart

Department of Psychological Sciences

  • Doug Behrend
  • Ana Bridges
  • Connie Lamm
  • Lauren Quetsch
  • Jennifer Veilleux

Department of Sociology and Criminology

  • Justin Barnum
  • Kevin Fitzpatrick
  • Casey Harris
  • Shauna Morimoto
  • Shaun Thomas
  • Anna Zajicek

Department of World Languages

  • Linda Jones

Mullins Library

  • Michelle Gibeault

School of Art

  • Stefani Byrd
  • Adam Hogan

School of Journalism and Strategic Media

  • Brandon Bouchillon
  • Ignatius Fosu
  • Rob Wells
  • Jan Wicks