Emily Falk, Ph.D.
Emily Falk is an Associate Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, with secondary appointments in Psychology and Marketing at Penn. Falk employs a variety of methods in the performance of her research, with a focus on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). She has worked to develop a program of research that links neural activity (in response to persuasive messages) to behaviors at the individual, group, and population levels. In particular, Falk is interested in predicting behavior change following exposure to persuasive messages and in understanding what makes successful ideas spread (e.g. through social networks, through cultures). At present, much of her research focuses on health communication and linking neural responses to health messages to population level behavioral outcomes; other areas of interest include political communication, cross-cultural communication, and the spread of culture, social norms, and sticky ideas. Falk's work has been funded by grants from NCI, NICHD, ARL, DARPA, and the NIH Director's New Innovator Award. Prior to her doctoral work, she was a Fulbright Fellow in health policy, studying health communication in Canada. She received her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Brown University, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
COMM 310: The Communication Research Experience
COMM 423: Communication and Social Influence Laboratory
COMM 811: Social Influence, Media Effects and the Brain
COMM 883: Describing Your Data
COMM 898: Social Influence, Media Effects and the Brain
Emily Falk's research focuses on the brain as a window to understanding attitude and behavior change at the individual, group, and population levels.