Nicholas David Bowman, Ph.D.

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12.20.16 (9:13 a.m., GMT +1): Morgantown, WV, USA -- As we wind down another semester at WVU, I'm looking back on our growing Interaction Lab team - truly, we've grown #ixlab from a few faculty eating delivery Chinese food and debating statistics to a multinational group of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students engaging at all stages of the research process. We're working to update and maintain our web presence, but learn more about our work on media psychology and communication at:

06.04.16 (8:30 a.m., GMT +1): Morgantown, WV, USA -- Later this evening, I will be accepting an award from the WVU Foundation as one of six Outstanding Teachers for the 2015-2016 school year. This is one of WVU's most prestigious awards for teaching, and I could not be more excited to represent WVU Communication Studies and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. We'll try to get a few photos of the ceremony, and of course some more proper recognition of the 1000s of students that made this possible. For now, I'm just humbled and excited for this evening, and for my future classrooms.

20.01.16 (9:09 p.m., GMT +1): Morgantown, WV, USA -- Heading into the Spring 2016 semester, I am honored to have been named one of West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teacher Awards for 2016. I've had an amazing run at WVU since June 2011, and I'm thrilled to represent the students and colleagues from WVU Communication Studies.


About me

A graduate of Michigan State University (Ph.D Communication, '10), I am an Associate Professor of Communication Studies in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University where I also work in the Interaction Lab (#ixlab).

  Sitting outside Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, CO.

In my scholarship, I study the psychology of communication technology and its implications for human communication. My current research looks to replicate and extend the work on selective exposure and mood management theory to video game play. Along with this, recent work of mine has examined the effects of audience presence on video game performance, the appeal of violent content in video games and films, naturally-mapped video games and the formation and implementation of mental models. You can read up on my research activities here.

In addition to these research interests, I am particularly intrigued with newer communication technologies, such as social media and other communication platforms. A central tenet of my research is that the most important feature of media is not the content or the technology, but the user - and I use this approach to understand how we interact with technology, what we gain or lose from it, and how it affects us. Having grown up with technology constantly around me, I am in constant awe at how "going tech" has affected society. As a side note, check out my Twitter [here] or Facebook [here].

Outside of academia, I'm a former sportswriter and college athlete (okay, cheerleader) and an avid sports fan. I am an all-too-passionate supporter of the St. Louis Cardinals (baseball), and I have an exhaustingly addictive travel bug. As for current hobbies, I'm workiing to expand my comic book (about 75% archived) and retro video game collections (about 85% archived). When I'm not doing all of this, I'm spending a good deal of time traveling with my partner-in-crime Jaime Banks, a colleague and Assistant Professor here at WVU. She's a pretty damn clever new media scholar herself, so follower her Twitter @amperjay.