Navigation Links
Online news garners more attention from readers if it's negative and localized, MU study finds
Date:8/27/2009

COLUMBIA, Mo. According to the "hardwired for news" theory, people devote more attention to information that is deviant or threatening. To test the theory, University of Missouri researchers examined the physiological effects of reading threatening health news online. The researchers found that news about local health threats increased attention and memory in readers more than news about distant, or non-local, health threats.

"Although journalists have often prioritized negative and local stories, there has been limited evidence to support that approach until now," said Kevin Wise, assistant professor of strategic communication in the MU School of Journalism. "This study provides physiological evidence that supports both the practice of localizing news stories and the idea that people allocate more attention to negative news with a local focus."

This study is one of only a few that used physiological response to examine how people respond to reading text. The results indicate that people have an innate mechanism that enables more attention to be given to information that is localized and negative, Wise said.

"It seems ironic, but the majority of the time that people spend online is spent reading text," Wise said. "Therefore, identifying how people process and respond to text is critical to understanding the cognitive and emotional processing of all interactive media."

In the study, Wise measured the physiological responses, including heart rate, of participants as they read news stories about either local or distant health threats. He found that reading high-proximity, or local, health news elicited slower heart rate than low-proximity news, an indication that more cognitive resources were allocated to the local news. Additionally, participants more accurately recalled details from local health threats compared to distant threats.

"It's logical to assume that people will be more likely to take protective or
'/>"/>

Contact: Emily Smith
SmithEA@missouri.edu
573-882-3346
University of Missouri-Columbia
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Cool new tools let public contribute to massive interactive online biodiversity encyclopedia
2. Parascript Technology Wins Online Signature Verification Competition
3. K-State plant pathologists develop online teaching modules used globally
4. Free online toolkit provides standard measures for genome and population studies
5. Online collaboration identifies bacteria
6. JCI online early table of contents: Jan. 19, 2009
7. New online report on massive jellyfish swarms released
8. Powerful online tool for protein analysis provided pro bono by Stanford geneticist
9. Smithsonian puts tropical eastern Pacific shore fishes online
10. Smithsonian puts tropical Eastern-Pacific shore fishes online
11. Latin American Science Initiative Puts Tropical Rainforest Diversity Online
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Online news garners more attention from readers if it's negative and localized, MU study finds
(Date:10/29/2014)... New research presented at the Society for Integrative ... showed for the first time that it is ... a readily available nutritional supplement, AHCC. ... A. Smith, Pharm.D., associate professor in the Department ... University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ...
(Date:10/29/2014)... to make their food, but they also need protection from ... a group of molecules in plants that shields them from ... of the American Chemical Society , one team reports on ... Timothy Zwier and colleagues at Purdue University note that the ... serious damage to plant DNA and, as a result, hinder ...
(Date:10/29/2014)... a ceremony held in New York City on September ... the American Cancer Society Professor of Genome Sciences and ... 2008 Honorary Doctor of Philosophy of Tel Aviv University, ... Medical Science. , In addition to her honorary degree ... at the TAU School of Medicine, and for the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):HPV infections in women eradicated by AHCC, Japanese mushroom extract 2Geneticist and humanitarian: Prof. Mary-Claire King receives Lasker Award 2
... , No one is in a better position to monitor ... the people living there. But many scientists believe the ... is simply too great to bridge -- that native peoples ... But now, researchers led by Stanford ecologist Jose Fragoso have ...
... New research from the Universities of Portsmouth and Leicester has ... London as being part of a giant pterosaur ... and toothed animals. Dr David Martill from the University ... Leicester examined the fossil - which consisted of the tip ...
... eyes or legs, yet they are able to "see" and ... is controlled by a series of molecular-level signals between proteins ... The Plant Cell, University of Missouri scientists report ... plays in this molecular signaling pathway that regulates phototropism in ...
Cached Biology News:Can indigenous peoples be relied on to gather reliable environmental data? 2Can indigenous peoples be relied on to gather reliable environmental data? 3Tiny fossil fragment reveals giant-but-ugly-truth 2Tiny fossil fragment reveals giant-but-ugly-truth 3Protein plays role in helping plants see light 2
(Date:10/31/2014)... Brady (NYSE:BRC), a global leader in product and ... testimonial on the effectiveness of its FreezerBondz™ specimen ... the BloodCenter of Wisconsin discusses the challenges she faces ... thousands of samples, and how the durability of Brady’s ... design our label materials with the harsh conditions of ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... (PRWEB) October 30, 2014 The report ... Chemicals), by Application (Cosmetics & Toiletries, and Soaps & ... to 2019”, has defined and segmented the Fragrance Ingredients ... trends in terms of value. The market has been ... North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... 30, 2014 On October 26th ... Showcase in Chicago, leading applied stem cell research ... Wade McKenna presented talks on New Techniques for ... Applications For Stem Cells. , Dr. Riordan focused ... the properties of AlphaGEMS that include: wound healing; ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... 30, 2014 Whitehouse Laboratories has formally ... Stability Testing and Package Test Capacity. Responding to growing ... a dramatic increase in environmental chamber storage space that ... and aging samples to be securely held on site ... capital expenditure has already taken place with the recent ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Brady Debuts New Lab Label Testimonial Video 2Fragrance Ingredients Market worth $17,104.21 Million by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Fragrance Ingredients Market worth $17,104.21 Million by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Fragrance Ingredients Market worth $17,104.21 Million by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 4Fragrance Ingredients Market worth $17,104.21 Million by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 5Riordan-McKenna Institute Founders, Neil Riordan, PhD and Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Wade McKenna Present at the Mid American Regenerative and Cellular Medicine Showcase 2Riordan-McKenna Institute Founders, Neil Riordan, PhD and Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Wade McKenna Present at the Mid American Regenerative and Cellular Medicine Showcase 3Riordan-McKenna Institute Founders, Neil Riordan, PhD and Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Wade McKenna Present at the Mid American Regenerative and Cellular Medicine Showcase 4Whitehouse Labs Announces Major Capital Investment in Stability and Storage Testing Capacity 2Whitehouse Labs Announces Major Capital Investment in Stability and Storage Testing Capacity 3
... two months ahead of schedule ... -, - Progress continues on LymphoStat-B, ABthrax and TRAIL receptor antibody ... programs - ... ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 1 Human Genome Sciences,Inc. (Nasdaq: HGSI ) today announced financial results ...
... CA -- Make way for the real nanopod and ... of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energys Lawrence ... California at Berkeley have created the first fully functional ... by several orders of magnitude the smallest radio ever ...
... - Dragon Pharmaceutical Inc.,(TSX: DDD; OTCBB: DRUG; ... method,for 7ACA production has been successfully implemented ... achievement validates the Company,s research,and development efforts ... bring immediate benefits to production operations by,increasing ...
Cached Biology Technology:Human Genome Sciences Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Key Developments 2Human Genome Sciences Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Key Developments 3Human Genome Sciences Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Key Developments 4Human Genome Sciences Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Key Developments 5Human Genome Sciences Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Key Developments 6Human Genome Sciences Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Key Developments 7Human Genome Sciences Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Key Developments 8Human Genome Sciences Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Key Developments 9Make way for the real nanopod 2Make way for the real nanopod 3Make way for the real nanopod 4Dragon Announces R&D Achievement in Biotech Manufacturing Process 2Dragon Announces R&D Achievement in Biotech Manufacturing Process 3
IC50: 3 ng/ml · Limit of detection: 0.9 ng/ml...
Request Info...
Image Analysis Software. PC Version of NIH Image....
... the premium quality siRNAs you need for ... be readily ordered online by providing either ... providing the sense and antisense siRNA sequences. ... Silencer Pre-designed siRNAs, which are already designed ...
Biology Products: