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Elena Bessarabova

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Dr. Elena Bessarabova

Elena Bessarabova

Position: Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2010


Office: Burton Hall Room 136
Office Hours:   TR 1:15-2:15


Spring 2020 Courses

COMM 2213 Interpersonal Communication

COMM 3563 Risk and Crisis Communication

Academic Interests

My research focus is in the areas of social influence and cross-cultural communication. Within social influence, I am interested in resistance processes. Specifically, I study resistance processes associated with psychological reactance, inoculation, and bias mitigation. I also study the effects of emotion on resistance, message processing, and attitude change. In addition, I am interested in   deception as a social influence tactic, and my research on this topic focuses specifically on understanding cultural differences in deception. In the realm of cross-cultural communication, in addition to my interest in deception, I study social influence processes across cultures.

Representative Publications

Bessarabova, E., Turner, M. M., Fink, E. L., & Blustein, N. B. (2015). Extending the theory of reactance to guilt appeals: “You ain’t guiltin’ me into nothing.’” Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 223, 215-224. doi:10.1027/2151-2604/a000223

Meirick, P. C., & Bessarabova, E. (2015). Epistemic factors in selective exposure and political misperceptions on the right and left. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/asap.12101

Bessarabova, E. (2014). In-group favoritism and deception: A comparison of Russian and American cultures. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 39, 9-21. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2013.09.001

Dunbar, N. E., Miller, C. H., Adame, B. J., Elizondo, J., Wilson, S. N., Lane, B. L. Allums Kauffman, A., Bessarabova, E., Jensen, M. L., Straub, S. K., Lee, Y-H., Burgoon, J. K., Valacich, J. J., Jenkins, J., Zhang, J. (2014). Implicit and explicit training in the mitigation of cognitive bias through the use of a serious game. Computers in Human Behavior, 37, 307-318. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2014.04.053

Dunbar, N. E., Jensen, M. L., Bessarabova, E., Burgoon, J. K., Bernard, D. R., Robertson, K. J., Kelley, K. M., Adame, B., & Eckstein, J. M. (2014). Empowered by persuasive deception: The effects of power and deception on dominance, credibility, and decision making. Communication Research, 41, 869-893.doi:10.1177/0093650212447099

Bessarabova, E., Fink, E. L., & Turner, M. (2013). Reactance, restoration, and cognitive structures: Comparative statics. Human Communication Research, 39, 339-364. doi:10.1111/hcre.12007

Dunbar, N. E., Wilson, S., Adame, B., Elizondo, J., Jensen, M. L., Miller, C., Allums, A. Seltsam, T., Bessarabova, E.,Vincent, C. Straub, S., Ralston, R., Dulawan, D. L., Paiz-Ramirez, D., & Squire, K., Valacic, J., & Burgoon, J. K. (2013). MACBETH: Development of a training game for the mitigation of cognitive bias. The International Journal of Game Based Learning, 3(4), 7-26.

Park, H. S., Levine, T. R., Weber, R., Lee, H., Figari, L. T., Botero, I. C., Bessarabova, E., Guan, X., Shearman, S., & Wilson, M.S. (2012). Individual and cultural variations in direct communication style. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 36, 179-187.

Jensen, M. L., Bessarabova, E., Adame, B., Burgoon, J. K., & Slowik, S. (2011).The influence of dominance, question type, and guilty verdict on linguistic features associated with deception: An examination of criminal interviews. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 30, 357-375. doi:10.1177/0261927X11416201

Orehek, E., Bessarabova, E., Chen, X., & Kruglanski, A. W. (2011). Positive affect as informational feedback in goal pursuit. Motivation and Emotion, 35, 44-51.