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APA Council of Representatives Report: August 2016 Meeting

Elizabeth Carll, PhD ecarll@optonline.net Revision of APA Ethics Code Council approved revision of Ethics code 3.04 (Avoiding Harm) prohibiting psychologists from torture to define the term in 3.04(b) as “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person, or in any other cruel, inhuman, or degrading…

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Past President’s Column: Star Trek, Parasocial Psychology, and Understanding the Ethics of New Media

Jerri Lynn Hogg, PhD hoggjl@aol.com Actress Marina Sirtis took to Twitter one Sunday in mid-October to discuss eating disorders. Sirtis, who is probably best known for her role as “ship’s counselor” (or psychologist) Deanna Troi in the 1990’s television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, has been quoted in the popular press as acknowledging episodes…

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Aloha! Beannachd Leat,* APA Division 46 2016! Slàinte,** APA Division 46 2026!

Mary Gregerson, PhD Independent Practice, Leavenworth, KS mary.gregerson@aol.com For Auld Lang Syne*** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acxnmaVTlZA “Aloha!” means “Goodbye” and “Hello” in Hawai’i. Following their double meaning, first, a brief “Goodbye’ to Division 46 in my final President’s Column, before an energetic “Hello” to Division 46 2026, the future. “Aloha!” as Good-Bye: Yesteryear Once upon a time, long ago…

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President Elect’s Column: What’s Up for 2017

Joanne Broder Sumerson, PhD joannebrodersumerson@gmail.com I am excited and honored to serve as the forthcoming president of the Society for Media Psychology and Technology. I served as the Division’s Membership Chair for almost a decade, so my overall goal as your incoming President is to implement opportunities to help meet various membership needs.  My favorite…

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President’s Column: Primum non nocere, First, Do No Harm

Mary Gregerson, PhD mary.gregerson@aol.com Primum non nocere, Latin for “first, do no harm,” is one half of the bioethics of the Hippocratic Oath, the other part being “to do good.” “Doing good” has been a recent theme for APA Division 46 The Society for Media Psychology & Technology (see Amplifier Spring/Summer 2015). What, though, of…