Media Psychology in Action: Personal Reflections

Pamela Rutledge, PhD, MBAMedia Psychology Research Center & Fielding Graduate Universitypamelarutledge@gmail.com The world is waking up to what media psychologists have known all along: Media is about people.  Media is the manifestation of human behavior, the result of collective and individual actions as people consume, interact, design, create, and connect across the spectrum of mediated…

Promoting Mental Wellness Through Media

Mary Karapetian Alvord, PhD Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC MAlvord@alvordbaker.com Dissemination of accurate mental health information is critical for the well-being of the public.  Disseminating evidence-based information helps empower people to make informed decisions about personal mental health care and seeking professional services.  Mental health information facilitates the understanding of warning signs of difficulties and…

Pick a Side!

Allycin Powell-Hicks, Ph.D. Independent Consultant allypowellhicks@gmail.com “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”  The sentiment hangs heavy in the air, a specter from the past.  The Nobel Peace Prize recipient, activist, and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel’s (Wiesel, 2020) words are unfortunately all too…

The Mandela Effect & Scientific Denialism

Alexis S. Torres, BA, Graduate Student astorre6@asu.edu Gene A. Brewer, PhD gene.brewer@asu.edu Arizona State University Many of us have experienced vivid memories of an event from our personal past only to have the veracity of that memory challenged by coworkers, friends, or family.  Cognitive psychologists interested in memory have made tremendous progress over the past…

The Neurotechnology of Media Psychology Explained

Bernard Luskin, EdD, MFT Wright Graduate University BernieLuskin@gmail.com In June 2020, I published an article on psychologytoday.com about learning and media psychology.  In response to the article, I received many questions about the Neurotechnology of Media Psychology. In answering the questions online and to students in a Goddard College Master class in education, I explained…

The Black Lives Matter Movement and Children’s Television

Sara Brown, Undergraduate Student Arkansas State University sara.brown2@smail.astate.edu Children’s television has a responsibility to educate and keep its child viewers informed of the ever-evolving times in today’s society (Children’s Television Act of 1990). More households than ever before have access to TV, technology, and programs; consequently, children’s television has expanded its reach around the world…

Supporting Writing Faculty through Digital Transition: An Ecological Model

Michelle Blake mblake@wcupa.edu Shannon Mrkich smrkich@wcupa.edu & Thomas Pantazes tpantazes@wcupa.edu West Chester University of Pennsylvania Writing instruction at the collegiate level is not the sole domain of English or writing programs because each academic department has a responsibility to teach students to write well using the conventions of their discipline.  No matter the discipline, writing…

Anti-Racist and Social Justice-Oriented Apps: Clickology for the Greater Good

Stephanie Joseph, M.A., M.Ed. Temple University stephanie.joseph0001@temple.edu Stephanie Miodus, M.A., M.Ed. Temple University stephanie.miodus@temple.edu Frank Farley, Ph.D. Temple University frank.farley@temple.edu “What we say about race, what we do about race, in each moment, determines what—not who—we are” (Kendi, 2019). These inspiring words written by Ibram X. Kendi, a National Book Award Winner and best-selling author…

Enhanced Interrogation or Torture?

Linda Sapadin, PhD Independent Practice drsapadin@aol.com A Review of The (Torture) Report (2019).  Director: Scott Z. Burns Heartless and Brutish! Immoral and Ineffective! A stain on our values and our profession! This disheartening, disturbing movie’s full name is The Torture Report. The word “torture,” however, is redacted out! It’s degrading to our profession to lay…

Are You a Late Lateef? Beating the Habit of Just Trying to Meet the Drop-Dead Deadline!

V. Krishna Kumar, PhD West Chester University of Pennsylvania kkumar@wcupa.edu A Review of Sapadin, L (2020). Overcoming your procrastination. Advice for 6 personality styles! Psych Wisdom Publishing.  WWW.PsychWisdom.Com, 2020, $9.99 (Paperback); $3.99 Kindle Edition, free on Kindle Unlimited, 150 pages. College Student Edition! You might wonder why “Late Lateef” is included in the title—well, that…

Member News

  Congratulations to Newly Elected Board Members  Don Grant (President-Elect) Karla Hamlen (Treasurer) Joanne Broder & Kathryn Stamoulis (Members-at-Large) Congratulations to 2020 Award Winners   Mary Alvord received the 2020 Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Media Psychology and Technology Award from the APA Society for Media Psychology and Technology. Pamela Rutledge received the 2020 Distinguished Professional…

Index of Articles Published in Psychology of Popular Media

  Psychology of Popular Media   2020 Volume 9 (3) July Recognition as a measure of television exposure: Multiple measures and their relationship to theory of mind.  U.S. newspaper reports of “alternative” birth healthcare 1989–2014: A content analysis using framing and narrative structure. Sorority see, sorority do: How social identity and media engagement relate to…

Division 46 Board Members’ Statement: Our Commitment to End Racism

Dear Colleagues, Our division shares in the feeling of heartbreak and horror following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many other Black Americans.  These tragic events have raised concerns internationally as evidenced by organized demonstrations in Amsterdam, Auckland, London, Paris, and other cities.  Whether at the hands of police or armed…

President’s Column: 2020: Some Thoughts for Your Consideration

V. Krishna Kumar, PhD Kkumar@wcupa.edu Succeeding a line of highly competent presidents and then anticipating other equally competent individuals to succeed you can be an intimidating and anxiety-producing experience. Division presidents often have their own agendas, missions, visions, and themes. When I served as President of the Society for Humanistic Psychology a few years ago,…