Academic Profile

Sonny Rosenthal is an assistant professor in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University. He earned his Ph.D. in advertising from The University of Texas at Austin and his M.A. in communication at Washington State University. His doctoral dissertation examined social and cognitive factors that motivate people's information seeking behaviors in the context of environmental risks. His current reseearch explores several research domains, including environmental communication, political communication, and communication research methodology. He is primarily interested in studying communication processes in environmental sustainability, with specific interest in climate change, energy conservation, and recycling.
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Asst Prof Sonny Ben Rosenthal
Assistant Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

Environmental communication, public understanding of science, media effects, media psychology, research methods, scale development
  • Attentional and learning effects of live composite video lectures

  • Planned seeking of secondary risk information about climate change mitigation

  • Video composite lectures, guided gaze, and content depth position
  • Rosenthal, Sonny. (2017). Motivations to seek science videos on YouTube: Free-choice learning in a connected society. International Journal of Science Education, .

  • Rosenthal, S. & Dahlstrom, M. F. (2017). Perceived influence of proenvironmental testimonials. Environmental Communication, .

  • Detenber, B.H. & Rosenthal, S. (2017). Support for censorship in a highly regulated media environment: The influence of self-construal and third-person perception over time. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, .

  • Detenber, B. H. & Rosenthal, S., Liao, K. & Ho. S. S. (2016). Audience segmentation for campaign design: Addressing climate change in Singapore. International Journal of Communication, 10, 4736-4758.

  • Rosenthal, S. (2016). Audience prototypes and asymmetric efficacy beliefs. Journal of Media Psychology, .