President’s Column: Highlights of 2019

Kathryn Stamoulis, PhD kestamoulis@hotmail.com As I near the end of my presidential year I want to thank everyone who put in the hard work to make this a great year for The Society for Media Psychology and Technology. It has been a pleasure to serve and work closely with our membership and our amazing Executive…

President-Elect’s Column: Recycled Inspiration and Information Fatigue

V. Krishna Kumar, PhD kkumar@wcupa.edu If you belong to any social media, you are familiar with the endless stream of recycled inspirational and informational (nutritional/medical/exercise/travel/political) messages in the forms of sayings, videos, short—actually rather long—stories on social media that ping in your inbox 24/7. Of course, some of this is not restricted to social media.…

Council Corner

Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD cjfergus@stetson.edu This August I was unable to attend the Council meeting for our division as it was my wife’s 40th birthday and I knew where my bread is buttered. Mary Gregerson graciously stepped in for me and did an excellent job representing our division. Here are some of the important things…

From Division 21: Synergistic Opportunities for Collaboration between Division 21 and Division 46 Members

Kim-Phuong L. Vu, PhD California State University Long Beach Kim.Vu@csulb.edu Robert W. Proctor, PhD Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana rproctor@purdue.edu Division 21: Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology promotes research on human performance and applies psychological principles to the design of technology, consumer products, and complex systems for effective human-machine interactions. Members of Division 21 seek…

Council Corner

Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD cjfergus@stetson.edu In February, the APA Council of Representatives met to discuss some of the issues facing the APA at the moment. Here are some of the things discussed. First, the lawsuits regarding the Hoffman Report lumber on for the moment. There is not much to report that is new. A major…

President-Elect’s Column: The Informal World of Mouth Medium

V. Krishna Kumar, PhD kkumar@wcupa.edu We often think of media as newspapers, magazines, films, music, and the Internet with its many platforms that include news broadcasts, videos, podcasts, and social media. There is, however, one other powerful everyday medium, the “informal word of mouth medium,” which I define as a spontaneous information exchange that occurs…