Jessica Myrick

Profile Photo
Image
IEE Research Themes
Cofunded Faculty Member
Titles and Affiliations
Professor, Film-Video and Media Studies

Research Summary

In general, Myrick's research examines the role of different emotions in shaping audience responses to health, science and environmental messages. She argues that mediated messages need to resonate emotionally with individuals in order to change attitudes and behaviors related to those topics. For example, she has investigated how content from the Discovery Channel's popular "Shark Week" series impacts the effectiveness of conservation-focused public service announcements. She has also investigated the effects of Pope Francis as a climate change mitigation advocate and how framing climate change as a public health issue may sway different types of audiences. Myrick, whose interdisciplinary work has been funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Services, previously served as an assistant professor in The Media School at Indiana University. She teaches courses related to media effects, research methods, mass communication and society, persuasion, and health/science/environmental communication.

In the News

Research Keywords

 These keywords and phrases come from the publications and other research output of this person. See other researchers related to these topics by clicking on any keyword.

Recent Publications

Who is your Fitspiration? An Exploration of Strong and Weak Ties with Emotions, Body Satisfaction, and the Theory of Planned Behavior

Eng, N., Sun, Y. & Myrick, J. G., 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Health Communication.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

A Mixed Methods Inquiry into the Role of Tom Hanks’ COVID-19 Social Media Disclosure in Shaping Willingness to Engage in Prevention Behaviors

Myrick, J. G. & Willoughby, J. F., 2022, In: Health Communication. 37, 7, p. 824-832 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Schadenfreude After Watching the News: How Audiences Respond to Media Coverage of Partisans Disclosing Illnesses

Myrick, J. G. & Chen, J., Mar 2022, In: Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. 99, 1, p. 135-155 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

The Effects of Embedded Skin Cancer Interventions on Sun-Safety Attitudes and Attention Paid to Tan Women on Instagram

Myrick, J. G., Waldron, K. A., Cohen, O., DiRusso, C., Shao, R., Cho, E., Willoughby, J. F. & Turrisi, R. J., Apr 8 2022, In: Frontiers in Psychology. 13, 838297.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Longitudinal study of an emerging COVID-19 stigma: Media exposure, danger appraisal, and stress.

Smith, R. A., Zhu, X., Martin, M. A., Myrick, J. G., Lennon, R. P., Small, M. L. & Scoy, L. J. V., 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Stigma and Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Unique Predictors of Intended Uptake of a COVID-19 Vaccine in Adults Living in a Rural College Town in the United States

Data4 Action Research Group, Jan 2022, In: American Journal of Health Promotion. 36, 1, p. 180-184 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

The Effects of Celebrity Silence Breakers: Liking and Parasocial Relationship Strength Interact to Predict the Social Influence of Celebrities’ Sexual Harassment Allegations

Cohen, E. L., Myrick, J. G. & Hoffner, C. A., 2021, In: Mass Communication and Society. 24, 2, p. 288-313 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Sustainability in CSR Messages on Social Media: How Emotional Framing and Efficacy Affect Emotional Response, Memory and Persuasion

DiRusso, C. & Myrick, J. G., 2021, In: Environmental Communication. 15, 8, p. 1045-1060 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Kindness Media Rapidly Inspires Viewers and Increases Happiness, Calm, Gratitude, and Generosity in a Healthcare Setting

Fryburg, D. A., Ureles, S. D., Myrick, J. G., Carpentier, F. D. & Oliver, M. B., Jan 20 2021, In: Frontiers in Psychology. 11, 591942.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

When Home is Not Safe: Media Coverage and Issue Salience of Child Maltreatment during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Madden, S., Guastaferro, K., Skurka, C. & Myrick, J. G., 2021, In: Howard Journal of Communications. 32, 5, p. 474-492 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

The ‘how’ and ‘why’ of fitness app use: investigating user motivations to gain insights into the nexus of technology and fitness

Molina, M. D. & Myrick, J. G., 2021, In: Sport in Society. 24, 7, p. 1233-1248 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Consuming Memes During the COVID Pandemic: Effects of Memes and Meme Type on COVID-Related Stress and Coping Efficacy

Myrick, J. G., Nabi, R. L. & Eng, N. J., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Psychology of Popular Media.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Health information source use and trust among a vulnerable rural disparities population

Myrick, J. G. & Hendryx, M., Jun 1 2021, In: Journal of Rural Health. 37, 3, p. 537-544 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

The “celebrity canary in the coal mine for the coronavirus”: An examination of a theoretical model of celebrity illness disclosure effects

Myrick, J. G. & Willoughby, J. F., Jun 2021, In: Social Science and Medicine. 279, 113963.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Risky satire: Examining how a traditional news outlet’s use of satire can affect audience perceptions and future engagement with the news source

Peifer, J. T. & Myrick, J. G., Jul 2021, In: Journalism. 22, 7, p. 1629-1646 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review