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Introducing the 2019 Winner of the $10,000 Prize for Research in Public Interest Communications

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Center for Public Interest Communications awarded Dr. Jeremy Yip, assistant professor of management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the annual $10,000 Prize for Research in Public Interest Communications for his paper, “Losing Your Temper and Your Perspective: Anger Reduces Perspective-Taking.”

The Center awards a $10,000 grand prize and two $1,500 prizes to finalists for peer-reviewed academic research that informs the growing discipline of public interest communications. The three winners were selected from a record pool of 72 papers by a review committee of scholars and practitioners. They then presented their papers at frank, a gathering of 300 social change communication practitioners, scholars and students. The audience voted for the top paper.

Dr. Yip won the top prize for his research on the psychology behind anger and perspective-taking. His paper, co-authored by Maurice E. Schweitzer, explores how anger and other related emotions can inhibit understanding others’ perspectives in a group setting. They also discuss “trash-talking” and the impact this type of competitive communication has on an organization. The paper was published in the July 2018 edition of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

In addition to his position at Georgetown, Dr. Yip is a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He earned his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. His research has been published in leading academic journals such as Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, Psychological Science, Social Psychological & Personality Science, and Emotion.

The $1,500 prize winners include co-authors Laura Feldman and Caty Borum Chattoo for their paper “Comedy as a Route to Social Change: The Effects of Satire and News on Persuasion about Syrian Refugees,” and Soumyajit (Shom) Mazumder for his paper “The Persistent Effect of US Civil Rights Protests on Political Attitudes.”

Posted: February 25, 2019
Category: Center for Public Interest Communications, College News
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