Sol Hart specializes in risk communication related to environmental, science, and risk issues. Professor Hart’s research investigates the psychological processes underlying effective risk communication. This research area includes understanding the role of the media in motivating and engaging the public around a variety of issues and how to create effective messages that can cross ideological divides and resonate with broad sections of the public. Professor Hart’s research is supported by the National Science Foundation, The Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His research has been published in a number of peer reviewed journals, including Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Communication Yearbook, Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, Medical Decision Making, Society and Natural Resources, and Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture.
- Sedona Chinn, Dan Hiaeshutter-Rice, Sol Hart, Brendon M.H. Larson. 2023. Testing How Militaristic and Xenophobic Language Affects Engagement with Facebook Posts about Invasive Species. Environmental Communication
- Sol Hart, Lauren Feldman, Soobin Choi, Annie Li Zhang, Austin Hegland. 2023. The Influence of Flooding Imagery and Party Cues on Perceived Threat, Collective Efficacy, and Intentions for Political Action to Address Climate Change. Science Communication 45(5):627-664.
- Hart, Sol, Jones-Jang, S Mo, Feldman, Lauren , Moon, Won-Ki . 2019. Diversifying or Reinforcing Science Communication? Examining the Flow of Frame Contagion Across Media Platforms. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly :1077699019874731.
- Raimi, Kaitlin, Hart, Sol, Wolske, Kimberly S, Campbell-Arvai, Victoria . 2019. Public support for carbon dioxide removal strategies: the role of tampering with nature perceptions. Climatic Change 152(3):345-361.
- Hart, Sol, Feldman, Lauren . 2018. Climate change as a polarizing cue: Framing effects on public support for low-carbon energy policies. Global Environmental Change 51:54-66.
- Hart, Sol, Feldman, Lauren . 2018. Broadening Exposure to Climate Change News? How Framing and Political Orientation Interact to Influence Selective Exposure. Journal of Communication 68(3):503-524.
- Hart, Sol, Feldman, Lauren . 2018. Is There Any Hope? How Climate Change News Imagery and Text Influence Audience Emotions and Support for Climate Mitigation Policies. Risk Analysis 38(3):585-602.
- Hart, Sol, Lane, Dan , Chinn, Sedona . 2018. The elusive power of the individual victim: Failure to find a difference in the effectiveness of charitable appeals focused on one compared to many victims. PLOS ONE 13(7):e0199535.
- Hart, Sol, Dixon, Graham , Clarke, Christopher , O'Donnell, Nicole H, Hmielowski, Jay . 2018. What drives support for self-driving car technology in the United States?. Journal of Risk Research :1-13.
- Hart, Sol, Chinn, Sedona , Lane, Daniel S. 2018. In consensus we trust? Persuasive effects of scientific consensus communication. Public Understanding of Science 27(7):807-823.