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Assistant Professor Sonya Dal Cin Interviewed on 1320 WILS

On January 5, 2012, Assistant Professor Sonya Dal Cin spoke with Michael Cohen of 1320 WILS’s “Capital City Recap” about her recent study of smoking in movies. Her research, which focused on children between the ages of 10 and 14, indicated that children who have been exposed to greater numbers of smoking scenes in movies are more likely to start smoking at an earlier age than those who don’t encounter as many of these scenes.


In Control, Out of Alcohol: Adolescent Moderator on Media Substance Influence

Assistant Professor Sonya Dal Cin was one of several researchers involved in a study, published in Health Psychology, examining self-control as a moderator on effects of media influence on adolescents’ alcohol and tobacco use. The results suggest that good self-control can both moderate and reduce the effect of mass media influences on tobacco and alcohol use by adolescents, putting these individuals at less risk for substance abuse.

The overall study included two separate tests. The first, a cross-sectional study, involved interviewing a sample of 10-year-olds about their attention to tobacco/alcohol advertisements, affiliation with peer substance experimenters, and willingness to use alcohol or tobacco substances.  The second, a longitudinal study, surveyed a sample of 10-14 year-olds on their exposure to tobacco/alcohol use in movies and actual use of alcohol and tobacco. In both tests, the participants’ level of good self control was measured. Tests also included the analysis of possible confounding variables and measured participants’ levels of sensation seeking and intelligence quotient. READ MORE »

Monkey See, Monkey Brew? Cognitive Processes Behind Media Exposure and Adolescent Alcohol Consumption

Assistant Professor Sonya Dal Cin was the lead author in a study titled “Watching and Drinking: Expectancies, Prototypes, and Friends’ Alcohol Use Mediate the Effect of Exposure to Alcohol Use in Movies on Adolescent Drinking.” The study, published in Health Psychology, examines the role psychological processes play in linking exposure to alcohol use in the media and adolescent alcohol consumption. Dal Cin et al examine this relationship through a set of cognitive mediators identified as as potential risks ( normative beliefs, alcohol prototypes, alcohol expectancies, and friends’ use) in order to understand adolescents’ willingness to use alcohol and eventual alcohol consumption. READ MORE »

Smoking Scenes in Movies Trigger Brain Activity in Smokers

Assistant Professor Sonya Dal Cin has contributed to a new study, “Spontaneous Action Representation in Smokers when Watching Movie Characters Smoke”  (Dylan D. Wagner, Sonya Dal Cin, James D. Sargent, William M. Kelley, and Todd F. Heatherton) which has identified links between the viewing of smoking in movies to activity in the brains of smokers.  Using magnetic resonance imaging, the brain activity of the participants (17 smokers and 17 non-smokers) was measured during a viewing of the popular film, Matchstick Men.