International Communication Association

Communication Science - Evolution, Biology, and Brains

International Communication Association

Pre-conference to the 2013 Conference of the International Communication Association

  • Morning overviews: In this morning overview, the pre-conference organizers and invited speakers, will provide brief overviews of major biological study paradigms, including psychophysiology, neuroimaging, imaging genetics, quantitative genetics, and social neuroendocrinology. This overview session will focus heavily on examples of relevance to communication scholars.
  • Coffee Break
  • Data Blitz: One major goal of this pre-conference is to bring together researchers with common goals and interests. In order to facilitate dialogue and potential collaborations, each researcher will be given the opportunity to submit one slide about her/his research program, and will be allotted one minute to provide a brief description of a problem of current interest that s/he is working on, or would like to be working on. This will provide an overview of the range of interests within the group, and will allow researchers with common goals to more easily find one another.
  • Small group workshop: We will first divide into sub-groups according to theoretical and/or methodological specialization. Each group will be led by a facilitator who will focus discussion (conference organizers and invited speakers who conducted the morning methods section will serve as group coordinators). In this first break-out group, researchers who share common interest will discuss core questions and core applications of their study paradigm relevant to communication and community. We will focus on developing an agenda that addresses core questions to the discipline and speaks to the ways that each new study paradigm might most fruitfully contribute to that agenda. Possible paradigms will include: Neuroimaging methods (fMRI, EEG), neuroendocrine methods, psychophysiology, quantitative and behavioral genetics, evolutionary biology (group categories will be refined according to registration).
  • Report back to larger group
  • Lunch: A lunch outside of the conference venue will be arranged for the group to continue discussions in an informal context to facilitate networking and brainstorming.
  • Small group workshop: After lunch, we will break out by content area to discuss ways in which the diverse research paradigms might be brought together to enrich the study of core questions relevant to the interest groups. For example, biological methods may be particularly useful in applications where people cannot or will not respond using self report measures, such as in deception research, persuasion and attitude change, understanding the psychological precursors of the diffusion of ideas and information, or response to media violence. Discussing the application of new research paradigms within themed groups, therefore, will aid in the development of potential areas for forward movement and networking. Common themes identified in the morning session will be taken up by interdisciplinary groups in this afternoon session.
  • Report back to larger group
  • Coffee break
  • Closing panel: The closing panel will bring together distinguished selected senior researchers and junior researchers to discuss the future of this sub- discipline, common themes from the day, and to motivate next steps to advance the research agenda.