Lindsay Hahn


Lindsay Hahn,PhD.

Lindsay Hahn


Lindsay Hahn


Scholarly Interests

Media psychology, morality, media effects, media entertainment, children and media.


Dr. Lindsay Hahn (PhD, Michigan State University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Center for Cognitive Science at the University at Buffalo, SUNY where she directs the Media Psychology and Morality Lab. Her research investigates morally-laden media, its uses, and effects in audiences across the lifespan. In particular, she concentrates on understanding entertainment media’s effects on children’s social attitudes and behaviors, and separately, media’s role in the radicalization of violent extremists. 

Educational Background

  • PhD, Michigan State University 
  • MA, Kent State University
  • BA, University of Pittsburgh

Recent Courses

Undergraduate courses

  • COM 490: Mass Media Effects
  • COM 249: Mass Communication Theory 
  • COM 199: Media and Moral Panic

Graduate courses

  • COM 543: Mass Media Effects
  • COM 674: Content Analysis
  • COM 518: Statistics

Current Research

  • Dr. Hahn’s current research projects focus on media’s ability to alter children’s moral proclivities and the role of moral beliefs as instigators of extremist violence.

Selected Publications

Schibler, K., Hahn, L., & Lankford, A. (in press). Investigating 55 years of mass shooter statements in the United States: A study of perpetrators’ stated motivations and their association with attack severity. Manuscript forthcoming in Communication Monographs.

Hahn, L., Schibler, K., Lattimer, T., Toh, Z., Vuich, A., Velho, R., Kryston, K., O’Leary, J., & Chen, S. (2024). Why we fight: Investigating the moral appeals in terrorist propaganda, their predictors, and their association with attack severity. Journal of Communication, 75(1), 63-76.

Hahn, L., Tamborini, R., Aley, M., Baldwin, J., & Grady, S. (2024). Early adolescents can extract distinct moral lessons from narrative media content. Media Psychology, 27(1), 26-49.

Schibler, K., Hahn, L., & Green, M. C. (2024). Investigating audience responses to cliffhangers in written narratives using affective disposition theory. Media Psychology, 27(1), 1-25.

Hahn, L., Aley, M., Frank, A., Lawrence, C., & Lattimer, T. (2022). Examining the motivations of Walt Disney heroes and villains and their association with audience appeal and future film production. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 66(5), 843–863.