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Lori H. Rosenthal

Lori H. Rosenthal

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My research centers on persuasion as it relates to the communication of health information. Current projects involve an analysis of the role of interactivity in health-related Internet sites and a comparative content analysis of pro-anorexia and eating disorder treatment web sites. I am also studying the motivating properties of a fear arousing health appeal and the impact of health locus of control on message processing.

I received the Distinguished Faculty Award from Emerson College in 2005/2006 for my work on pro-anorexia web sites and have received an internal Faculty Advancement Grant for 2006 to analyze the content of discussion board interactions within the pro-anorexia community.

I received the SPN Action Teaching Award for my "Research in Community Action" assignment. This work was partly supported by a Seed Grant sponsored by the Office of Service Learning and Community Action at Emerson College.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Communication, Language
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Internet and Virtual Psychology
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence

Journal Articles:

  • Aizen, I., Brown, T. C., & Rosenthal, L. H. (1996). Information bias in contingent valuation: Effects of personal relevance, quality of information, and motivational orientation. Journal of Environmental and Economic Management, 30, 43-57.
  • Aizen, I., Rosenthal, L. H., & Brown, T. C. (2000). Effects of perceived fairness on willingness to pay. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 30, 2439-2450.
  • Keller, S. N., Rosenthal, L. H., & Rosenthal, P. S. (under review). A comparison of pro-anorexia nad treatment web sites: A look at the Health Belief Model. Journal of Health Psychology.
  • Rosenthal, L. H., Keller, S. N., & Rosenthal, P. S. (under review; revision & resubmission). Interactivity and social support: An analysis of persuasive communication features on pro-anorexia and anorexia treatment websites. International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Other Publications:

  • Staub, E., & Rosenthal, L. H. (1995). Mob violence: Cultural-societal sources, instigators, group processes, and participants. In L. Eron, J. Gentry, & P. Schlegel (Eds.), Reason to Hope: A Psychosocial Perspective on Violence and Youth (pp. 281-314). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Courses Taught:

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Experimental Design
  • Good and Evil
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Personality Psychology
  • Persuading People, Preserving Planet
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Psychology of Personal Growth and Adjustment
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology

Lori H. Rosenthal
Department of Social Sciences
Lasell College
Newton, Massachusetts 02466
United States of America

  • Phone: (617) 243-2074

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