Social cognition, communication theory, health communication, persuasion and politics, nonverbal behavior, and statistical and mathematical methods. Studies on cognitive processing of verbal and visual materials, organization of social interaction, and message effects.
Joseph N. Cappella (Ph.D., 1974, Michigan State University) is Professor of Communication and holds the Gerald R. Miller Chair at the Annenberg School for Communication at The University of Pennsylvania. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University and a visiting scholar at Stanford and the University of California Santa Barbara. His research has resulted in more than 140 articles and book chapters and four co-authored books in areas of health and political communication, social interaction, nonverbal behavior, media effects, and statistical methods. The articles have appeared in journals in psychology, communication, health, and politics. His research has been supported by grants from NIMH, NIDA, NSF, NCI, NHGRI, The Twentieth Century Fund, and from the Markle, Ford, Carnegie, Pew, and Robert Wood Johnson foundations. He has served on the editorial boards of 20 different journals. He is a Fellow of the International Communication Association and its past president, a distinguished scholar of the National Communication Association, and recipient of the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award. His book with Kathleen Hall Jamieson entitled Spiral of Cynicism has has been awarded the Doris Graber book award from the American Psychological Association and the Fellows Book Award from the International Communication Association.
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