I started out in fine art as a painter, printmaker, and photographer. One thing I noticed early on was how some people would take offense at some of my work, whereas others would admire it, and still others would be entirely apathetic. This range of responses fascinated me, so I went to graduate school in communication, and set about studying the nature of indignation and offense-taking.
Nowadays my work focuses on affective responses to influences messages in various contexts, and on the roles of conation and emotion in social and interpersonal influence. Recently I've been looking at the effects of psychological reactance on the process of inoculation, and on health promotion and risk prevention messages. I'm also interested in terror management theory, the nature of cognitive biases, and the use of vested interest theory in persuasive message design, especially as applied to disaster-related communication.
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Causal Attribution
- Communication, Language
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Health Psychology
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Nonverbal Behavior
- Person Perception
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Persuasion, Social Influence
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
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- Averbeck, J.M., & Miller, C. H. (2014). Expanding language expectancy theory: The suasory effects of lexical complexity and syntactic complexity on effective message design. Communication Studies, 65, 72-95.
- Bessarabova, E., & Miller, C. H., (in press). A further exploration of the effects of restoration postscripts on reactance. Western Journal of Communication
- 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.
- Mason, A.M. & Miller, C.H. (2015). The ability of inoculation to confer resistance to potentially deceptive health-nutrition related advertising claims. Health Education Journal. doi: 10.1177/0017896915569365. Retrieved from: http://hej.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/02/02/0017896915569365.abstract
- 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., (2013). Hedonic relevance and outcome relevant involvement. Electronic Journal of Communication, 23 (3), Retrieved January 27, 2014, from the CIOS Website, http://www.cios.org/www/ejc/v23n34toc.htm#millerfr 2013
- 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., 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.
- Miller, C. H., (2016). Hedonic relevance and outcome relevant involvement. In D. K. Kim & J. Dearing (Eds.) Health Communication Measures. New York: Peter Lang. pp. 99-106.
- Miller, C. H., (2015). Persuasion and psychological reactance: The effects of explicit, high-controlling language. In R. Shulze & H. Pishwa (Eds), The exercise of power in communication: Devices, reception and reaction. London: Palgrave McMillan. pp 269-286.
- Miller, C. H., & Adame, B.J. (2016). Scales for measuring the dimensions of vested interest. In D. K. Kim & J. Dearing (Eds.) Health Communication Measures. New York: Peter Lang. pp. 265-278
- Miller, C. H., & Cortes Quantip, R. J. (in press). Anger in health and risk messaging. In R. Perrott (Ed.) Encyclopedia of health and risk message design and processing, New York: Oxford University Press.
- 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).
- Affective Processes in Communication
- Communication and Emotion
- Empirical Research Methodology
- Health Communication
- Interpersonal 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
- Phone: (405) 325-0861
- Fax: (405) 325-7625