Kristen Lynch is a Ph.D. student in Media and Information Studies at Michigan State University. Kristen is originally from California and holds a B.A. in Communication from Simpson University and a M.A. in Communication from MSU. She is interested in media psychology, specifically emotional efftects on information processing. Her current projects include understanding how racial content effects attitude and behavioral intentions and how 'cute' animals mitigate the physiological effects of induced stress.