COVID-19 News Coverage

Chrysalis Wright, PhD University of Central Florida Chrysalis.Wright@ucf.edu In the past several months, our society has been shifted and our usual way of life has been disrupted as a result of COVID-19 in the United States. The first confirmed case was in January of this year, with an increase in reported cases each day since.…

Self-Care Clickology in Stressful Times

Stephanie Joseph, MA stephanie.joseph0001@temple.edu & Frank Farley, PhD Temple University, Philadelphia frank.farley@temple.edu We are in a crisis! During these times, it is difficult to find our footing. We are struggling to be productive, to be present. Normally, during crises, we come together with our loved ones to push through the difficult times. However, with this…

Interdisciplinary Research on Cyber Security and Privacy

Robert W. Proctor and Isis Chong Purdue University rproctor@purdue.edu; ichongde@purdue.edu Aiping Xiong Pennsylvania State University axx29@psu.edu Cyber security and privacy are areas of concern not only to organizations but to individual end users. Computer scientists can devise algorithms and security measures that help protect organizations and systems from attack, but the success of these measures…

Media’s Role in Public Health: Suicide and Mass Shootings

Jared Boot PsyD Student, Michigan School of Psychology jboot@msp.edu The recent twin weekend shootings in El Paso and Dayton and the high-profile suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, have raised concerns over media depictions of mental illness and suicide. Mass media has an immense potential to positively or negatively impact health-related behavior and perception of individuals with…

Sex, Hypnosis and the Media

Steve K. D. Eichel, Ph.D., ABPP, CST Independent Practice Wilmington, Delaware steve@dreichel.com For many or most people, their first introduction to hypnosis will be through a movie or television show. Based on films from the 1950s and 1960s, I grew up thinking that hypnosis always involved inducing a somnambulant trance which can be induced unknowingly…

Celebrity: A State or a Trait?

Gayle S. Stever, PhD Empire State College/SUNY, Rochester, NY gayle.stever@esc.edu In most writings about celebrity, the word is used as a noun. A person is a celebrity. But what if we thought of celebrity, not as a noun, but rather as a characteristic of an individual? We could then talk about celebrity in the same…

Synesthetics, Semiotics, Semantics: The 3S Metaphor in Learning

Bernard Luskin, EdD, LMFT Wright Graduate University, Chicago, IL Bernie@LuskinInternational.com When synesthesia, semiotics and semantics converge, they form a 3S model that is central in brain-based learning. Synesthesia is the sensory element in the 3S model for learning, media and psychology. Semiotics brings the understanding and meaning of symbols. Semantics adds the cross-model infusion in…

Trial by Media

Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD Stetson University, DeLand, FL cjfergus@stetson.edu The issue of “trial by media” has come under some recent debate following explosive documentaries which alleged that celebrities Michael Jackson and R. Kelly committed heinous sex crimes against multiple victims. In full transparency, I haven’t seen either documentary, so I won’t comment on them directly.…

Cyber Security: Dealing with Cyber Threats

Ajay Singh, MSc, PG Diploma in Cyber Law & Cyber Forensics Former CEO of a Fintech Company, Mumbai, India ajay_singh@outlook.com Organizations the world over have leveraged information technology and the internet to meet their business objectives and offer better, faster services to their customers and constituents. Increasing dependence on information systems has exposed them to…

Bringing Psychology’s Stories to Life

Alicia C. Aebersold APA Chief Communications Officer Washington, DC aebersold@apa.org At its heart, successful communication is ensuring that great ideas and inspiring messages reach the right people, in the right way, at the right time and spur people into action. Determining that strategy is first and foremost for our communications team at the American Psychological…

The Child Development Center Study of Adopted Identical Twins Reared Apart and My Media Adventures

Lawrence Perlman, PhD Independent Practice Ann Arbor, MI Perlman44@gmail.com Fifty years ago, I worked on a research study of identical twins who had been separated at birth and adopted without the adoptive parents’ knowledge that they were twins. The study was the brainchild of a child psychiatrist named Peter Neubauer who directed the Child Development…

Is Wall-To-Wall News Coverage Hurting Civil Discourse?

Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD Stetson University cjfergus@stetson.edu In the modern news media environment, news consumers are faced with opportunities to experience “wall to wall” news coverage of issues, big and small. Often this coverage is heavy on hyperbole and “talking heads” but short on actual, clear information. Further, the market of news media has so…

The Media Moment

Anita Foeman, PhD (with Bessie Lawton, PhD) West Chester University of Pennsylvania AFoeman@wcupa.edu A little more than a year ago, our Public Relations Director pitched a story to the Washington Post about a project that had been underway for more than a decade at West Chester University. In a time of toxic race relations, my…

Mutual Radicalization: A Danger We Can Overcome

Fathali M. Moghaddam, PhD* Georgetown University moghaddf@georgetown.edu I was in Tehran, Iran, in 1979 when Khomeini’s fanatical followers invaded the American Embassy and took 52 American diplomats as hostages. This illegal invasion was part of a long series of extremist events, which many Americans and Iranians saw as actually starting with the CIA orchestrated coup…