Annenberg’s Joseph Cappella published in Western Journal of Communication

Yahui Kang of the Boston Consulting Group (Ph.D. '07) and Joseph N. Cappella, Ph.D., the Gerald R. Miller Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication in the University of Pennsylvania were authors of an article that appears in the recent issue of Western Journal of Communication titled “Emotional Reactions to and Perceived Effectiveness of Media Messages: Appraisal and Message Sensation Value” (Vo. 72, No. 1, January-March 2008, pp. 40–61).

Abstract: Appraisal theory examines how cognitive appraisals of events lead to specific emotions. Message sensation value (MSV) may work as an elicitor of arousal to intensify the impact of discrete emotions on message effectiveness evaluation. The impacts of appraisal and MSV were examined in the context of public service announcements to illustrate effective ways to construct emotional and persuasive messages. Using a 2 (ad sets) * 2 (presentation orders) * 2 (ad valence) mixed design, this study replicated the links between appraisal and corresponding emotions found in the interpersonal context, located several discrete emotions that were perceived to be more persuasive than others, and suggested a moderating role for MSV on the relationship between discrete emotions and perceived message effectiveness.