Sonya Dal Cin
My major research interest is the impact of stories on attitudes, beliefs, self-concept, and behaviors. My work examines the processes of story-based belief change, the role of identification with characters, the impact that stories have on behavior, and how these effects might occur outside viewers’ conscious awareness. I am primarily interested in health-related outcomes; current research includes studies on how watching risk behavior in movies might influence viewers’ own risk behaviors.
My work has appeared at national and international conferences, and has been published in journals including Addiction, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Health Psychology, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Neuroscience, Psychological Science, Psychology of Popular Media Culture, and Tobacco Control.
- Matea Mustafaj, Sonya Dal Cin. 2023. Preexisting Stereotypes and Selection of Counter-Stereotypical Genius Representations in Entertainment Media. Journal of Media Psychology
- Amanda C Cote, Sonya Dal Cin, Liese Exelmans, Matea Mustafaj. 2022. Philanthropic, prosocial players: How game-related charity events motivate unlikely donors. New Media & Society
- Amelia C. Couture Bue, Sonya Dal Cin, Kristen Harrison. 2022. Empowerment-Themed Advertising Effects: Activation of Empowerment and Objectification Schemas in Women Age 18-35. Media Psychology
- Dal Cin, Sonya, Erickson, Sarah E, Byl, Hannah . 2019. An Experimental Examination of Binge Watching and Narrative Engagement. Social Sciences 8(1):19.
- Harrison, Kristen S, Dal Cin, Sonya, Erickson, Sarah E. 2018. Toward a Multi-Dimensional Model of Adolescent Romantic Parasocial Attachment. Communication Theory 28(3):376-399.
- Dal Cin, Sonya, Gibbons, Frederick X, Kingsbury, John H, Wills, Thomas A, Finneran, Stephanie D, Gerrard, Meg . 2016. Impulsivity Moderates the Effects of Movie Alcohol Portrayals on Adolescents' Willingness to Drink. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 30(3):325-334.
- Falk, Emily, Gonzalez, Richard D, Dal Cin, Sonya, O'Donnell, Matthew Brook, Tompson, Steven , Strecher, Victor , Cummings, Kenneth Michael, An, Lawrence . 2016. Functional brain imaging predicts public health campaign success. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 11(2):204-214.
- Dal Cin, Sonya, Bayer, Joseph B, Campbell, Scott W, Panek, Elliot . 2016. Consciousness and Self-Regulation in Mobile Communication. Human Communication Research 42(1):71-97.
- Dal Cin, Sonya, Payne, B Keith. 2015. Implicit Attitudes in Media Psychology. Media Psychology 18(3):292-311.
- Dal Cin, Sonya, Panek, Elliot T, Bayer, Joseph B, Campbell, Scott W. 2015. Automaticity, mindfulness, and self-control as predictors of dangerous texting behavior. Mobile Media & Communication 3(3):383-400.