It’s Getting Easier – AND Harder To Give Psychology Away

Pauline Wallin, PhD Private Practice, Camp Hill, PA drwalling@drwallin.com In his 1969 APA President’s address, Dr. George Miller exhorted psychologists to give psychology away. We diligently got to work, doing community presentations and writing articles, opinion pieces, and self-help books. We were interviewed by news reporters and magazine writers. A few of us had call-in…

Media Psychology, Ethics and Persuasive Design

Wayne Warburton, PhD Macquarie University wayne.warburton@mq.edu.au One issue for media psychologists is that media and technology industries are sometimes driven by different motivators than are most of the psychologists who study them and work with them. Notably, most media and technology entities are for-profit organizations who must compete successfully in a crowded marketplace to be…

Involving Students in Media Literacy Plan Creation and Implementation

Megan Hopper, PhD Illinois State University khopper@ilstu.edu Joshua Fitzgerald, MS Illinois State University Jifitz1@ilstu.edu & Alexander Kritselis, MS Illinois State University agkrits@ilstu.edu Media scholars and educators are often avid media consumers conflicted by their awareness of the negative impact the media can have on individuals (including themselves) and their enjoyment of multiple forms of popular…

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…