Selected Publications

Glenn G. Sparks

Selected Publications From 1992-2009

Sparks, G.G. (2012, 4th edition). Media effects research: A basic overview. Wadsworth.

Sparks, G.G., Sparks, C.W., & Sparks, E.A. (2009). Media violence.  In J. Bryant & M.B. Oliver (Eds.), Media effects: Advances in theory and research (pp. 269-286).  Routledge: New York.

Miller, W., & Sparks, G.G. (2008).  Refrigerator Rights: Our crucial need for close connection.  Willow.

Ledbetter, A.M., Griffin, E., & Sparks, G.G. (2007). Forecasting “friends forever”: A longitudinal investigation of sustained closeness between best friends. Personal Relationships, 14, 343-350.   (Full Paper)

Sparks, G.G., Sherry, J., & Lubsen, G. (2005). The appeal of media violence in a full-length motion picture: An experimental investigation. Communication Reports, (18), 21-30.  (Full Paper)

Sparks, G.G. (2001). The relationship between paranormal beliefs and religious beliefs.  Skeptical Inquirer,  September/October, pp. 50-56.   (Full Paper)

Sparks, G.G., Pellechia, M., & Irvine, C. (1999). The repressive coping style and fright reactions to mass media. Communication Research, 26, 176-192. abstract

Sparks, G.G., Pellechia, M., & Irvine, C. (1998). Does television news about UFOs affect viewers’ UFO Beliefs?: An experimental investigation. Communication Quarterly, 46, 284-294. [Note: This article was published in the summer of 1999.] abstract****Full Paper

Sparks, G.G. (1998). Paranormal depictions in the media: How do they affect what people believe? Skeptical Inquirer, July/August, pp. 35-39.

Sparks, G.G., & Pellechia M. (1997). The effect of news stories about UFOs on readers’ UFO beliefs: The role of confirming or disconfirming testimony from a scientist. Communication Reports, 10, 165-172.  (Full Paper)

Sparks, G.G., Nelson, C.L., & Campbell, R.G. (1997). The relationship between exposure to televised messages about paranormal phenomena and paranormal beliefs. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 41, 345-359. abstract

Sparks, G.G. (1995). Comments concerning the claim that mass media research is “prescientific”: A response to Potter, Cooper & Dupagne, Communication Theory, 5, 273-280.

Sparks, G.G. (1995). A final reply to Potter, Cooper & Dupagne. Communication Theory, 5, 286-289.

Sparks, G.G., Sparks, C.W., & Gray, K. (1995). Media impact on fright reactions and belief in UFOs: The potential role of mental imagery. Communication Research, 22, 3-23. abstract

Sparks, G.G., Hansen, T., & Shah. R. (1994). Do televised depictions of paranormal events influence viewers’ beliefs? Skeptical Inquirer, 18, 386-395.

Sparks, G.G., & Ogles, R.M. (1994). The role of preferred coping style and emotional forewarning in predicting emotional reactions to a suspenseful film. Communication Reports, 7, 1-10.

Ogles, R.M., & Sparks, G.G. (1993). Question specificity in studies of television’s contributions to viewers’ fear and perceived probability of criminal victimization. Mass Comm Review, 20, 51-61.

Sparks, G.G., Spirek, M.M., & Hodgson, K. (1993). Individual differences in arousability: Implications for understanding immediate and lingering emotional reactions to frightening mass media. Communication Quarterly, 41, 465-476.

Sparks, G.G., & Greene, J.O. (1992). On the validity of nonverbal indicators as measures of physiological arousal: A response to Burgoon, Kelley, Newton, and Keeley-Dyreson. Human Communication Research, 18, 445-471.

Greene, J.O., & Sparks, G.G. (1992). Intellectual scrutiny as an alternative to replies from the heart: Toward clarifying the nature of arousal and its relation to nonverbal behavior. Human Communication Research, 18, 483-488.

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