I am a Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University with a PhD in Communication from Michigan State University. My specialization is entertainment media psychology, with a specific focus in social influences on enjoyment and selection behaviors. My work integrates social influence theories into media psychology to explain how social factors influence entertainment selection behaviors, enjoyment of content, and post-exposure behaviors (e.g., interactions with others, the salience of moral values). My research in this area has looked at how social norms and identity affect selection and enjoyment. Other projects focused on how content features like character traits and narrative outcomes affect enjoyment.

I would love to expand on any of these topics on request. For more information, or copies of past work, please contact me at krystonk@shsu.edu.