Academic Profile

* PhD (Psychology), University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
* Bachelor of Music (Music Theory), Ohio State University, 2007
* Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Ohio State University, 2007

Dr. Ben Turner is an assistant professor in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he researched procedural and declarative learning and memory using techniques including computational modeling, brain imaging, and behavioral experiments. He also worked with Dr. Rene Weber and the Media Neuroscience Lab on several studies related to the neuroscience of persuasion in political and health communication settings, and focused in his postdoctoral work on individual differences. Previously, he earned a dual degree in Psychology and Music Theory from the Ohio State University.

His current research aims to combine neuroimaging and other cognitive neuroscientific tools to answering questions in communication, particularly related to persuasion and other media effects, as well as to continue to focus on exploring how an improved understanding of individual differences can improve our understanding of communication phenomena.
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Asst Prof Ben Turner
Assistant Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

Communication neuroscience | Message tailoring | Media effects | Quantitative methods
  • Strengthening the sense of belonging to Singapore: Explicating Cognitive, Affective and Neural Pathways (EXCAN)

  • Understanding exposure states: developing and validating scales,identifying media- and individual-related determines, exploring neural concomitants, and predicting affective,attitudinal and cognitive outcomes
  • Huskey, R, AC Bue, A Eden, C Grall, D Meshi, K Prena, R Schmälzle, C Scholz, BO Turner , S Wilcox (2020). Marr’s tri-level framework integrates biological explanation across communication subfields. Journal of Communication, 70, 356–378.

  • Huskey, R, BO Turner , R Weber. (2020) Individual differences in brain responses: New opportunities for tailoring health communication campaigns. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14, 565973.

  • Turner BO , R Huskey, R Weber. (2018). Charting a future for fMRI in communication science. Communication Methods and Measures, 13, 1–18.

  • Turner BO , EJ Paul, MB Miller, AK Barbey. (2018). Small sample sizes reduce the replicability of task-based fMRI studies. Communications Biology, 1(1), 62.

  • Weber R, R Huskey, JM Mangus, A Westcott-Baker, BO Turner . (2015). Neural predictors of message effectiveness during counterarguing in antidrug campaigns. Communication Monographs, 82, 4-30.