Research Activities

                 

Bradley Waite, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychological Science

My primary research interests are in media psychology, broadly defined.  My perspective is embedded in developmental psychology. I study the impact of electronic media use on individuals and examine connections among media use, multitasking and psychological dimensions such as cognition, attention, distractibility and aggression.  I also explore the experience of research participation from the perspective of the participants and am interested in "real-life" issues associated with the ethics of research.  And, I am interested in exploring the uses of in situ research strategies.

Review below my summary of selected publications and presentations:

Publications:

Bowman, L. L.,Waite, B. M., Levine, L E.  (2015). Multitasking and attention: Implications for college students. In L. D. Rosen, N. Cheever, & L. M. Carrier (Eds.), Handbook of Psychology, Technology and Society (pp. 388-403). Wiley Blackwell.

Bowman, L. L.,Waite, B. M., Levine, L E.  (2014). A cross-cultural comparison of media multitasking in American and Malaysian college students. The International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, 4(3), 1-17.

Reis, V., Fallon, M., & Waite, B. M. (2014). Own-gender bias in change detection for gender-specific images. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 19(2), 71-75.

Levine, L E., Waite, B. M., & Bowman, L. L. (2013). Use of instant messaging predicts self-report but not performance measures of inattention, impulsiveness and distractibility. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 16(12), 898-903. doi:10.1089/cyber.2012.0504

Levine, L E., Waite, B. M., & Bowman, L. L. (2012). Mobile media use, multitasking and distractibility.  The International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning: Special Issue on Mobile Computing Behavior, 2(3), 15-29.

Levine, L E., Waite, B. M., & Bowman, L. L. (2012). Cyber-media use, multitasking and academic distractibility. In Z. Yan (Ed.),  Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior (pp. 342-353).  Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Bowman, L. L., Levine, L. E., Waite, B. M., & Gendron, M. (2010). Can students really multitask? An experimental study of instant messaging while reading Computers & Education, 54(4),  927-931. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2009.09.024

Waite, B. M., Levine, L. E., & Bowman, L. L. (2009).  Instant messaging, multitasking and media use of college youth: Connections to impulsiveness and distractibility.  American Journal of Media Psychology, 2(3-4), 126-146.

Levine, L E., Waite, B. M., & Bowman, L. L. (2007). Electronic media use, reading and academic distractibility in college youth.  CyberPsychology & Behavior, 10(4), 560-566

Hillbrand, M., Waite, B. M., Rosenstein, M., Harackiewicz, D., Lingswiler, V.M., & Stehney, M. (2005). Serum cholesterol concentrations and non-physical aggression in healthy adults.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 28(3), 295-299

Waite, B. M., &  Bowman, L. L. (2004).  Assessment of a web-based "subject pool" system for introductory and advanced psychology courses.  In P. Lemma (Ed.), Effective Teaching: Systematic Reflections on the Scholarship of Teaching, Volume 1.  New Britain, CT: Central Connecticut State University.

Bowman, L. L., & Waite, B. M. (2003).  Volunteering in research: Student satisfaction and educational benefits.  Teaching of Psychology, 30(2), 102-106.

Levine, L.E. & Waite, B. M.  (2002).  Television and the life of the American child. Clio's Psyche: Understanding the "Why" of Culture, Current Events, History, and Society, 9(1), 24-26.

Hillbrand, M., Waite, B. M., Miller, D.S., Spitz, R. T., & Lingswiler, V. M.  (2000).  Serum cholesterol concentrations and mood states in violent psychiatric patients:  An experience sampling study.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23(6),519-529. 

Levine, L.& Waite, B. M.  (2000).  Television viewing and attentional abilities in fourth and fifth grade children.  Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 21(6), 667-679.

Huston, A.C. & Waite, B. M. (2000). Anti-homosexual attitudes in college students: Predictors and classroom interventions. Journal of Homosexuality, 38(3), 117-133.

Waite, B. M., & Bowman, L. (1999). Research Participation among General Psychology Students at a Metropolitan Comprehensive Public University. In Chastain, G, & Landrum, E. (Eds.), Protecting Human Subjects: Departmental Subject Pools and Institutional Review Boards. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Hillbrand, M., Waite, B. M., & Young, J. L. (1998). Restricting TV access by forensic patients. Psychiatric Services, 49(1), 107.

Phelps, D., Waite, B. M., & Hillbrand, M. (1998). Loneliness in a maximum security forensic hospital: An experience sampling analysis. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 42(4), 291-304.

Waite, B. M., Claffey, R. C., & Hillbrand, M. (1998). Differences between volunteers and nonvolunteers in a high demand self-recording study. Psychological Reports, 83, 199-210.

Hillbrand, M. & Waite, B. M. (1994). The everyday experience of an institutionalized sex offender: An idiographic application of the Experience Sampling Method. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 23, 453-463.

Waite, B. M. (1994). Sampling the experience of chronically aggressive psychiatric patients. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 21(3-4), 187-201.

Hillbrand, M., Sokol, S. J., Waite, B. M., & Foster, H. G. (1993). Abnormal lateralization in finger tapping and overt aggressive behavior. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 17(3), 393-406.

Hillbrand, M. & Waite, B. M. (1992). The social context of anger among violent forensic patients: An analysis via Experience Sampling Method. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 18(1-2), 81-89.

Waite, B. M., Hillbrand, M., & Foster, H. (1992). Reduction of aggressive behavior after removal of music television (MTV). Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 43(2), 173-175.

 

Presentations:

Anderson, M. L., Waite, B. M., & Conway, J.  (2015, May). Romance in the Technological Age: Is Media Use Damaging Romantic Relationships? Presented at the 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York.

Horowitz, S.W., Montalvo, K., Moffitt, M., & Waite, B. M.(2015, May). Psychophysiological Reactions to Video Game Events: The Role of Gaming Experience. Presented at the 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York.

Levine, L. E., Bowman, L. L., Kachinsky, K., Sola, A., &  Waite, B. M. (2015, May). Infants, Toddlers, and Mobile Media Use. Presented at the 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York.

Waite, B. M., Lindberg, R., Ernst, B., Bowman, L. L., Levine, L. E., Harwood, E., Gladden, B., & Cool, R. (2015, May). Multitasking via Texting Disrupts Performance on Academic Tasks Requiring Lower-Order Cognition. Presented at the 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York.

Waite, B. M., Lindberg, R., Radu, T. G., Levine, L. E., & Bowman, L. L. (2014, May). Social Media Use Gratifications: More Narcissism and Less Neurosis. Presented at the 26th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Crosby, E. E., Radu, T. G., &  Waite, B. M. (2013, May). Texting and Academic Task Performance in the Classroom: Does Texting Skill Matter? Presented at the 25th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Horowitz, S.W., Macri, G., Murawski, D., Allegretti, M., Waite, B. M., & Gendron, M. (2013, May). Unique Emotion During First-Person Shooter Video Game Play. Presented at the 25th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Sironen, J. E., &  Waite, B. M. (2013, May). College Student Organization Leaders Report Lower Sense of Community with Online Training. Presented at the 25th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Waite, B. M. (2013, May). Emotional Aggression following Daily Violent Video Gaming: A Field Experiment.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, May 2-4, 2013.

Waite, B. M., Levine, L. E., Bowman, L. L., & Radu, T. G. (2013, May). Measuring Connectedness to Technology: Development of the Attitudes toward Mobile Media Scale. Presented at the 25th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Bowman, L. L., Waite, B. M., & Levine, L. E. (2012, May). Context of Electronic Multitasking Behaviors in Malaysian and American Students. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, May 3-5, 2012.

Holt, S. A., Fallon, M., Sikorski, J., Waite, B. M., & Wood, R. M. (2012, May).  Differences in Perceptions of Academic Experiences Between Internship Participants and NonparticipantsPresented at the 19th Annual APS, STP Teaching Institute at the 24th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago.

Bowman, L. L., Waite, B. M., & Levine, L. E. (2011, May). Multitasking in Malaysia: A Cross-Cultural Comparison with American College Students.  Presented at the 23rd Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Bowman, L. L., Waite, B. M., & Levine, L. E. (2010, August). Electronic Multitasking and Efficiency During Academic Work: Inattention, Impulsiveness and Distractibility.  Presented at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA..

Waite, B. M., Vickery, H. R., & Pugliese, J. J. (2010, May). Video Game Play and Gender: Dance, Dance, Violence and Fun! Presented at the 22nd Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston.

Ayers, J. E., & Waite, B. M. (2009, May). Violent Video Gaming and Aggression in Daily Life: An Experiment in Situ. Presented at the 21st Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco.

Levine, L. E., Waite, B. M., & Bowman, L. L. (2009, May). Texting the Night Away: Electronic Multitasking, Inattention and Distractibility in College Students. Presented at the 21st Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco.

Bowman, L. L., Levine, L. E., Waite, B. M., & Gendron, M. (2008, August).  Instant messaging impacts academic reading time, but not test performance. Presented at the 116th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA, August 14-17, 2008.

McKay, E., Conway, J. M., & Waite, B. M. (2008, August).  School belonging mediates the relationship between attachment and academic motivation.  Presented at the 116th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA, August 14-17, 2008.

Levine, L., Waite, B. M., & Bowman, L. L. (2007, August). Electronic media use and multitasking predict distractibility and impulsiveness. Presented at the 115th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco.

Waite, B. M., Bowman, L., & Levine, L. (2006, May). College Students� Use of Instant Messaging Relates to Distractibility and Impulsiveness Presented at the 18th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York.

Booker, S., & Waite, B. M. (2005, May). Humilitainment? Lessons from 'The Apprentice': A Reality Television Content Analysis. Presented at the 17th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society, Los Angeles.

Levine, L., Waite, B. M., & Bowman, L. L.  (2005, May). Reading, Electronic Media Use and Distractibility in Traditionally Aged College Students.  Presented at the 17th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society, Los Angeles.

Waite, B. M., Bendezu, J., & Booker, S. (2004, May). Why do we like Reality Television? A personality analysis.  Presented at the 16th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society, Chicago.

Bowman, L. L., & Waite, B. M. (2003, May).  Assessment of a Web-Based "Subject Pool" System for Introductory and Advanced Psychology Courses.  Presented at the CCSU Teaching Innovations Session of the 2003 Excellence in Teaching Symposium.  New Britain.

Waite, B. M., & Craig, R. (2003, August). College Students� Media UsePresented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Division 8, Toronto, Canada.

Waite, B. M., & Bowman, L. L. (2003, April).  Use of a web-based system to administer a psychology department subject pool.  Presented at the 17th annual CSU Academic Computing Conference.  New Haven.

Sanders, K. C., & Waite, B. M. (2002, August). Personality Characteristics and Emotional Reactions to Media.  Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Division 8, Chicago.

Bowman, L. & Waite, B. M. (2002, April).  Volunteering in Research: More on Student Satisfaction and Educational Benefits.  Presented at the Connecticut State University  Faculty Research Conference, New Haven, CT.

Hillbrand, M., Waite, B. M., Rosenstein, M., Harackiewicz, D., Lingswiler, V. M., & Stehney, M.  (2001, August).  Serum cholesterol concentrations and psychological aggression in healthy adults. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Pettepit, E. G., & Waite, B. M.  (2001, August).  Television and internet dependence and the Big Five personality factors.  Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Division 8, San Francisco, CA.

Waite, B. M. (2000, August).  Maintaining an IRB:  Perspectives from an IRB Chair.  In L. Bowman (Chair), Establishing and maintaining IRBs and subject pools at academic institutions.  Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Bowman, L., & Waite, B. M. (2000, August). Volunteering in research: Student satisfaction and educational benefits.  Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Waite, B., Hillbrand, M., & Conway, J. (1999, August). Television, Affect, and Activation: An Experience Sampling Study. Presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston.

Levine, L., & Waite, B. M. (1998, February). Television viewing and attentional abilities in children. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston.

Waite, B. M., & Levine, L. (1998, August). Social and emotional context of children�s television viewing. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco.

Bowman, L., & Waite, B. (1997, May). Is student research participation related to knowledge and perceptions of psychology and research? Presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Hillbrand, M., Benton, D., Waite, B., & Spitz, R. (1997, August). Cholesterol and Behavior: Interrelationships with Intelligence and Emotion. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago.

Waite, B. M. (1997, August). Serum Cholesterol Concentrations and Affective Variability in Violent Psychiatric Patients: An Experience Sampling Study. In Hillbrand, M., Benton, D., Waite, B. M., & Spitz, R. Cholesterol and Behavior: Interrelationships with Intelligence and Emotion. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago.

Waite, B. M. (1997, October). Protection of Human Subjects: Federal Policy. In Bow, L., Bloch, W., Burns, K., Chinn, P., Mather, J., & Waite, B.M. A Dialogue with the Experts: Research Design. Symposium presented at Partnering in Research Utilization: Research as a Component of Professional Practice for the Improvement of Health Care Outcomes Conference. Education and Resource Center, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT.

Waite, B. M., Henderson, K., & Hillbrand, M. (1997, May). Depression, stress, anxiety, and good and bad daily life events: An Experience Sampling Analysis. Presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Waite, B. M. (1996, November) Cholesterol and Affect: An Experience Sampling Study. In Hillbrand, M., Spitz, R. T., Waite, B. M., and MacKinnon, J. R. Cholesterol and Psychopathology. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association, New London, CT.

Waite, B. M., & Hillbrand, M. (1996, May). Participation in Therapeutic Activities by Forensic Inpatients: A Television Intervention. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Selected Interviews

IRB ADVISOR (2006, January).  Featured interview in:  "Do you have measures in place to protect student participants?: IRBs should monitor psych student subject pools. IRB Advisor, 6(1), 1-3.

Jaffe, E. (2005, March).  Interviewed for: "Reality Check: What research says about our fascination with reality television."  APS Observer, 18(3), 28-35.

 

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