Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Ben Turner

Assistant Professor

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)65922590
Office: WKWSCI 02-13

  • PhD (Psychology) University of California, Santa Barbara 2012
  • MMus (Music Theory) The Ohio State University 2007
  • BS (Psychology) The Ohio State University 2007
Dr. Ben Turner is an assistant professor in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he researched procedural and declarative learning and memory using techniques including computational modeling, brain imaging, and behavioral experiments. He also worked with Dr. Rene Weber and the Media Neuroscience Lab on several studies related to the neuroscience of persuasion in political and health communication settings, and focused in his postdoctoral work on individual differences. Previously, he earned a dual degree in Psychology and Music Theory from the Ohio State University.

His current research aims to combine neuroimaging and other cognitive neuroscientific tools to answering questions in communication, particularly related to persuasion and other media effects, as well as to continue to focus on exploring how an improved understanding of individual differences can improve our understanding of communication phenomena.
Research Interests
Communication neuroscience | Message tailoring | Media effects | Quantitative methods
Current Projects
  • Understanding exposure states: developing and validating scales, identifying media- and individual-related determiners, exploring neural concomitants, and predicting affective, attitudinal, and cognitive outcomes
Selected Publications
  • Turner BO, Huskey R, Weber R. (2018). Charting a future for fMRI in communication science. Communication Methods and Measures, .
  • Turner BO, EJ Paul, MB Miller, AK Barbey. (2018). Small sample sizes reduce the replicability of task-based fMRI studies. Nature Communications Biology, 1(1), 62.
  • Weber R, R Huskey, JM Mangus, A Westcott-Baker, BO Turner. (2015). Neural predictors of message effectiveness during counterarguing in antidrug campaigns. Communication Monographs, 82, 4-30.
  • Turner BO, JA Mumford, RA Poldrack, FG Ashby. (2012). Spatiotemporal activity estimation for multivoxel pattern analysis with rapid event-related designs. NeuroImage, 62, 1429-1438.
  • Ashby FG, BO Turner, JC Horvitz. (2010). Cortical and basal ganglia contributions to habit learning and automaticity. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 14, 208-215.

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