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Russell Clayton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(850) 645-9600
UCC 3136

Dr. Russell B. Clayton (Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2015) is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Cognition and Emotion Lab (CEL) in the School of Communication. He is also a research affiliate of the Institute for Successful Longevity. Clayton's research uses peripheral psychophysiological measures (e.g., cardiovascular, electrodermal, pupillary, electromyographic) to examine audiences’ cognitive and emotional processing of mediated content. The bulk of his research examines cue-reactivity and defensive reactivity (fight-or-flight) responses to persuasive health communication messages. He is also interested in the effect that internal processing (e.g., counterarguments, social comparisons) has on audiences’ cognitive processing of media messages. His work has been published in top-tier journals including Communication Monographs; Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication; Journal of Health Communication; Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media; & Health Communication, among others. His research has also been featured in the popular press including Good Morning America, Today Show, USA Today, WSJ, TIME, NBC, CBS, CNN, and Yahoo! Clayton’s teaching and dedication to student success has also been recognized through nominations for the Florida State University Teaching Award at both the undergraduate and graduate level and through "faculty of the future" recognition by the College of Communication and Information.

** If you are a current or prospective student and are interested in learning more about research or working in a media psychology research lab, please feel free to email Dr. Clayton anytime.


  • Ph.D. 2015; University of Missouri, Journalism
  • M.A. 2012; Texas State University, Health Psychology
  • B.S. 2010; Texas State University, Psychology

Research Interests

Media Psychology; Cognitive and Emotional Processing of Health Campaign Messages; Psychophysiology; Experimental Research Methods

Teaching Interests

Mass Communication Theory and Effects; Research Methods; Introduction to Mass Media; Psychology of Advertising; Media Psychophysiology