Laramie Taylor earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2005. Dr. Taylor conducts research in the area of media uses and effects with a particular focus on the way media use influences factors related to social interaction. For example, recent projects have examined how exposure to different types of media messages influence the traits people find attractive in potential romantic partners.
Dr. Taylor is also involved in the development of online instructional materials; he recently debuted a hybrid online/face-to-face course for the Communication Department, CMN 10y, an Introduction to Communication. The course combines instructional videos featuring faculty from across UC Davis’s Communication Department with discussion sections featuring small- and large-group learning activities.