Marie Louise Mares
Professor, Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin
"What does it take for media use to have positive effects?"
In my research on children, I am particularly interested in the possibility that television and other media can be used for positive social change, including reducing prejudice. To that end, I have been examining children's comprehension and interpretations of prosocial and educational programs and ways to make such programming more effective.
In my research on adults, I have been interested in examining what it is about aging that might cause changes in media use and effects. I am currently studying how the emotional experiences we seek out via media use vary across the adult life span.
- 2015 Top 4 Paper Conference Theme Aging Across the Life Span, ICA
- 2014 Top Paper Award, with Nicole Martins, Mona Macalane, and Alanna Peebles , ICA, Children and Media Division
- 2014 Best Article Award, with Michael T. Braun , ICA, Children and Media Division
- 2012 Fellowship , Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS)
- 2014. "“Vámonos means go, but that’s made up for the show” Preschool viewers’ interpretations of cultural depictions in TV programming." Developmental Psychology , 50, 2498-2511 .
- 2014. "Making sense of violence: Perceived meaningfulness as a predictor of audience interest in violent media content." Journal of Communication , 64, 956-976.
- 2013. "Effects of Sesame Street: A meta-analysis of children’s learning in 15 countries." Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology , 34, 140-151.
- 2012. "Pessimism and anxiety: Effects of tween sitcoms on expectations and feelings about peer relationships in school." Media Psychology , 15, 121-147
- 2010. "Teaching tolerance via TV narratives in the US: Young viewers need help with the message." Journal of Children and Media , 4, 231-242
- 2010. "The multiple meanings of age for television viewing." Human Communication Research , 36, 372-396
- 2008. "Age differences in adults’ emotional motivations for exposure to films." Media Psychology , 11, 377-399
- 2008. "Be kind to three-legged dogs: Children’s literal interpretations of TV’s moral lessons." Media Psychology, 11, 377-399