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Claude H. Miller

Claude H. Miller

My work investigates affective responses to influences messages in various contexts, applying emotion, motivation, and social influence theory to mass mediated messages targeting adolescent, elderly, and minority populations. Principle research areas include the effects of psychological reactance on the inoculation process, and on health promotion and risk prevention messages. I'm also interested in terror management, the nature of cognitive biases, and in using vested interest theory for persuasive message design, and as a framework for understanding crisis and disaster-related communication.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Communication, Language
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Averbeck, J.M., & Miller, C. H. (in press). Expanding language expectancy theory: The suasory effects of lexical complexity and syntactic complexity on effective message design (Communication Studies).
  • Ivanov, B, Miller, C. H., Compton, J., Averbeck, J. Robertson, K.J., Sims, J.D., Parker, K. A., & Parker, J. L. (2012). Effects of post-inoculation talk on resistance to influence. Journal of Communication, 62, 701–718.
  • Ivanov, B., Parker, K. A., Miller, C. H., & Pfau, M. (2012). Culture as a moderator of inoculation success. Global Studies Journal. 4, 1-22.
  • Landau, M. J., Arndt, J., Solomon, S., Greenberg, J., Pyszczynski, T., Miller, C. H., Cohen, F., & Ogilvie, D. M. (2004). Deliver us from evil: The effects of mortality salience and reminders of 9/11 on support for President George W. Bush. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 1136-1150.
  • Miller, C. H., Adame, B. J., & Moore, S. D. (2013). The role of vested interest in disaster preparedness. Disasters, 37, 1-27.
  • Miller, C. H., & Averbeck, J.M., (in press). Hedonic relevance and outcome relevant involvement. (Electronic Journal of Communication).
  • Miller, C. H., Burgoon, J. K., & Hall, J. R. (2007). The effects of implicit theories of moral character on affective reactions to moral transgressions. Social Cognition, 25, 819-832.
  • Miller, C. H., Burgoon, M., Alvaro, E. M., Hall, J. R., Grandpre, J., Broneck, K., & Frank, C. (2002). Creating intrinsically motivating health messages with interactive multimedia: Targeting and testing adolescent populations. Electronic Journal of Communication. Online, available from the CIOS Website:
  • Miller, C. H., Burgoon, M., Grandpre, J., & Alvaro, E. (2006). Identifying principal risk factors for the initiation of adolescent smoking behaviors: The significance of psychological reactance. Health Communication, 19, 241-252.
  • Miller, C. H., Ivanov, B, Compton, J., Averbeck, J. Robertson, K.J., Sims, J.D., Parker, K. A., & Parker, J.L. (2013). Boosting the Potency of Resistance: Combining the Motivational Forces of Inoculation and Psychological Reactance. Human Communication Research, 39, 127-155
  • Miller, C. H., & Landau, M. J. (2005). Communication and terrorism: A terror management theory perspective. Communication Research Reports, 22, 79-88.
  • Miller, C. H., Lane, L. T., Deatrick, L. M., Young, A. M. & Potts, K. A. (2007). Psychological reactance and promotional health messages: The effects of controlling language, lexical concreteness, and the restoration of freedom. Human Communication Research, 33, 219-240.
  • Miller, C. H., & Quick, B. L. (2010). Sensation seeking and psychological reactance as health risk predictors for an emerging adult population. Health Communication, 25, 266-275.
  • Wright, K. B., & Miller, C. H. (2010). A measure of weak-tie/strong-tie support network preference. Communication Monographs, 77, 500-517.

Other Publications:

  • Miller, C. H., & Landau, M. J. (2008). Communication and the causes and costs of terrorism: A terror management theory perspective. In D. O'Hair, R. Health, & G. Ledlow, (Eds.), Terrorism: Communication and rhetorical perspectives. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press (pp. 93-130).
  • Miller, C. H., Matusitz, J., O’Hair, D., & Eckstein, J. (2008). The complexity of terrorism: Groups, semiotics, and the media. In D. O'Hair, R. Health, & G. Ledlow, (Eds.), Terrorism: Communication and rhetorical perspectives (pp. 43-66). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Interpersonal Communication
  • Affective Processes in Communication
  • Communication and Emotion
  • Empirical Research Methodology
  • Health Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Persuasion and Social Influence
  • Relational Communication

Claude H. Miller
Department of Communication
University of Oklahoma
610 Elm Avenue, Room 125
Norman, Oklahoma 73019
United States

  • Phone: (405) 325-0861
  • Fax: (405) 325-7625

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