Council Corner

Chris Ferguson, PhD cjfergus@stetson.edu It was something of a whirlwind Council this past August. As expected, the big-ticket items revolved around continuing fallout from the Hoffman report. The first item, often referred to by its number 35B would have changed some of the APA’s policy toward military psychologists working in detention sites such as Guantanamo…

From the Editor: Survey, Survey Everywhere

V. Krishna Kumar, PhD kkumar@wcupa.edu The Internet has made it all too easy for anyone to create and administer surveys. In the past several months, I have received surveys from book publishers, hospitals where I have consulted with medical doctors, heating and plumbing companies, students gathering data for their dissertations, professional agencies I belong to,…

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…