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Research to explore how the science of touch affects our media consumption


A Leeds Beckett University researcher will present her work around how the science of touch affects the way in which we consume newspapers and magazines at a conference in Australia.

Sarah Cooper, a Senior Lecturer in journalism courses in the School of Computing, Creative Technologies & Engineering at Leeds Beckett, will present findings from her ongoing research at the Mapping the Magazine conference at the University of Sydney in December.

Sarah’s research, undertaken as part of her PhD studies, looks at haptics and media consumption, paying particular attention to the way in which print publications offer a different reading experience to online publications - and what bearing this has for the future of journalistic content.

In her presentation Sarah will look at how haptics impacts upon our experiences as journalistic-content consumers, making comparisons between the consumption of online and printed journalistic content with direct relation to haptics.  Her research also explores whether consumers spend more time with printed journalistic content than with digital content and if there are more ritualistic habits associated with consuming printed journalistic content than digital content.

Mapping the Magazine is a series of conferences established by Tim Holmes of the Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC). The fourth Mapping the Magazine conference is to be held at the University of Sydney, Department of Media and Communications, from December 12 – 14.

The conference brings together international magazine scholars from many disciplines who are interested in exploring the current state of magazine research and possibly developing collaborative research projects.

Sarah has worked as a journalist since 1999, working on consumer, contract and business publications, including The Sunday Times, Time Out London, and NW (a leading celebrity magazine in Australia). She has been teaching since 2007, specialising in magazine production as well as editing her online publication, Yella.  She currently is course leader for BSc (Hons) Photographic Journalism and BSc (Hons) Digital Journalism at Leeds Beckett.

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