Media Coverage

We are excited to share our research with others. Below are some of our research areas and examples of media coverage those studies have received:

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The research: From “Love Actually” to love, actually: The sociometer takes every kind of fuel (Paravati, Naidu and Gabriel, 2020) Click here to view this article

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APRIL 21, 2020 Forbes: How to be social without people

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The research: Social surrogates, social motivations, and everyday activities: The case for a strong, subtle, and sneaky social self (Gabriel, Valenti, & Young, 2016) Click here to view this article

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FEB 14, 2017 WBFO Buffalo’s NPR News Station: Loneliness Can Be Bad for Your Health
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The research: Chicken Soup Really Is Good for the Soul: “Comfort Food” Fulfills the Need to Belong (Troisi & Gabriel, 2011) Click here to view this article

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JAN 24, 2018 NBC News: Why We Crave Comfort Foods
APRIL 3, 2015 The Atlantic: Why Comfort Food Comforts
MARCH 27, 2015 University at Buffalo MD Physicians’ Group: Love the cook, love the food: Attraction to comfort food linked to positive social connections

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The research: Becoming a Vampire Without Being Bitten: The Narrative Collective-Assimilation Hypothesis (Gabriel & Young, 2011) Click here to view this article
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JULY 27, 2018 Electric Lit: Science Says Reading a Book Makes You a Better Friend
JULY 2018 Bustle: Reading Can Alleviate Loneliness For A Very Specific Reason, According To A New Study
SEPT 7, 2011 The Guardian: Reading fiction ‘improves empathy’, study finds
APRIL 29, 2009 Live Science: Lonely Hearts Find Comfort in TV Characters
APRIL 27, 2009 The Hollywood Reporter: Studies: TV Pushes Away Loneliness

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The research: From Apprentice to President: The Role of Parasocial Connection in the Election of Donald Trump (Gabriel, Paravati, Green, & Folmsbee, 2018) Click here to view this article
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