Ph.D. Student

John Petit joined the doctoral program in the School of Communication in 2018. His research focus lies primarily in the investigation of the psychological and cognitive mechanisms which influence individuals´ behavior in the context of computer-mediated communication.

Petit earned his B.A. degree in Journalism Studies at the MHMK University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany. After this, he worked for several years as a journalist for TV and radio companies in Germany and Luxembourg, where he gained experience and extensive knowledge on the processes and psychological aspects involved in mass communication. He later completed his M.A. studies in Communication at the University of Miami.

Due to his upbringing in the multi-lingual country of Luxembourg, he speaks four languages fluently.

Publications

Li, C., Ali, K., Millet, B., Sun, R., & Petit, J. (2019, November 14). The SINCE model: A theoretical framework to understand when and why fake news may be effective. Paper presented at the 105thAnnual Convention of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Petit, J., & Li, C. (2018, November 11). Flaming behavior online: How negative comments and emotional contagion induce verbal aggressiveness. Paper presented at the 104thAnnual Convention of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Petit, J. (2019, November 14). Dominating or surrendering? An investigative study of YouTube titles´ impact on online users´ attitudes using the equivalency framing perspective. Paper presented at the 105thAnnual Convention of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Petit, J, Li, C., Millet, B., Ali, K., & Sun, R. (2019, August 9). Something is better than nothing: How the presence of comments may decrease the sharing of fake news on social media. Paper presented at the AEJMC National Conference, Toronto, CA.

Sun R., Li, C., Millet, B., Ali, K., & Petit, J. (2019, August 8). When do people share fake news online: The effect of social network size and homophily. Paper presented at the AEJMC National Conference, Toronto, CA.