Council Corner

Chris Ferguson cjfergus@stetson.edu At the August 2017 meeting of the APA, we had our biannual meeting of the Council of Representatives. What follows is an update on some of the important issues going on in Council.  As usual, these highlights popped up for me while I was at the meeting and from ongoing Council listserv…

Clown Control

Frank Farley, PhD Temple University frank.farley@temple.edu Ayse N. Olgun, Bachelor of Theology, Currently Psychology Student Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey olgunayseolgun@gmail.com Review of IT Director: Andy Muschinetti We suppose the attention being given to the movie IT, a remake of the 1990 version, is due in part to its origins in the writing of Stephen King…

From the Editor: Films and Societal Change

V. Krishna Kumar, PhD kkumar@wcupa.edu The film industry has produced hundreds of notable films that depict the effects of various horrors (e.g., holocaust, genocide) and social injustices (e.g., racial, ethnic, and gender prejudices) in the “so called” developing and developed societies. Many films also depict how a few courageous individuals have fought hard to bring…

Special Interest Group: Media First Response Fosters Expert Mass Media Public Relations Connecting our Schools and Communities

Mary Gregerson, PhD Media First Response Special Interest Group Chair mary.gregerson@aol.com Division 46 Outreach Since 2014 when I was elected to the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 46 Presidential pipeline, I have led an effort called “Media First Response” (MFR). In this trans-Divisional effort, key Division 46 Members have collaborated with other APA Divisions’ key…

President’s Column: Thank you for the Amazing Year!

Joanne Broder Sumerson, PhD joannebrodersumerson@gmail.com Time flies when you are having fun! I cannot believe my presidential year is almost over.  It has been a great year of change and growth for the division.  As President-Elect June Wilson and I transition, the division-as-a-whole is in a fantastic place.  Our executive board is stronger than ever,…

President-Elect’s Column: Media and Health Literacy

June Wilson, PhD, RN junewilsonphd@gmail.com There are three words we one can live without ever hearing, both for our loved ones and ourselves. Those three words: You have cancer.  These unwanted words invaded our home this spring when my spouse was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer.  Apparently the cancer was so aggressive that it grew…

Member News

Congratulations to our award winners:  Judy Kuriansky, Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Media Psychology & Technology; Paul Adachi, Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Media Psychology & Technology; Chrysalis Wright, Distinguished Early Career Professional Contributions to Media Psychology & Technology; Kelly Dillon, Student Dissertation in Media Psychology & Technology; and Keith Cooke, Presidential Citation for his outstanding contributions to the…

Institutional Reality Monitoring and the Problem of Fake News

Karen J. Mitchell West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA kmitchell@wcupa.edu In the Spring/Summer 2017 The Amplifier Magazine, I reviewed how we might leverage what cognitive psychologists know about individual and interpersonal reality monitoring (Johnson, Hashtroudi, & Lindsay, 1993) to better understand how individuals assess the legitimacy of news sources and the veracity of news reports…

“Where My Boys At?” The Need to Examine How Portrayals of Men in Popular Music Impact Male Body Image and Self-Esteem

Chrysalis L. Wright University of Central Florida Chrysalis.Wright@ucf.edu Francesca Dillman Carpentier University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill francesca@unc.edu Lesley-Anne Ey, Ph.D. University of South Australia Adelaide, Australia Lesley-Anne.Ey@unisa.edu.au Cougar Hall, Ph.D. Brigham Young University Cougar_hall@bye.edu Megan Hopper Illinois State University khopper@ilstu.edu Wayne Warburton Macquarie University Sydney, Australia Wayne.warburton@mq.edu.au A great deal of research has…