Friday, April 9 at 3:30 pm
Psychology Building, Room 128
This week's talk will be given by Nancy Rhodes. Nancy is a member of the Communication Studies Department at IUPUI. She received her PhD at Texas A&M. Nancy's main interests are in the area of persuasion and social influence, especially as they apply to health communications.
She has examined how smokers process anti-smoking messages, how teenage drivers process information about risky driving, and how norms affect drinking in college students. Importantly, Nancy has been involved in research with a former IU Psychology Department PhD, David Roskos-Ewoldsen. Her talk should be of interest not only to various areas within psychology, but also to those with an interest in allied health science and telecommunications. Below you will find the title
and a brief abstract of her talk.
Title: Attitude and norm accessibility and substance use in adolescents.
Abstract: Attitude and norm accessibility have been shown to predict behaviors such as cigarette smoking, and have important implications for the processing of anti-smoking messages among smokers. In this presentation, Dr. Rhodes describes preliminary work leading to an NIH proposal to examine these constructs as they develop longitudinally in adolescents at risk of initiating substance use. She takes a person by environment approach by examining motivation and stress as precursors to the development of accessible attitudes and norms that are favorable to substance use. It is expected that attitudes and norms will mediate the effects of motivation and stress on substance use uptake.