Krakowiak examines character traits in media

Headshot of K. Maja Krakowiak, associate professor, Department of Communication

K. Maja Krakowiak, associate professor, Department of Communication, co-authored “Are Good Characters Better for Us? The Effect of Morality Salience on Entertainment Selection and Recovery Outcomes” in Mass Communication and Society. The article was published Jan. 10, with Mina Tsay-Vogel, assistant professor, Department of Mass Communication, Boston University.

Krakowiak and Tsay-Vogel expanded on research in selective exposure and positive psychology for characters portrayed in film and literature. In two experiments, the researchers examined whether the way that people feel about their own moralities affects their selection of content featuring different types of characters and whether a character’s moral traits affect emotional responses.

Krakowiak is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and was a co-chair for the Entertainment Studies Interest Group.

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