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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…

Editing PsycCRITIQUES–APA’s Journal of Book and Film Reviews

Danny Wedding, PhD American University of Antigua College of Medicine danny.weddding@gmail.com It has been a genuine privilege to serve as editor of PsycCRITIQUES (formerly Contemporary Psychology, and, after 1999, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books) for the past twelve years (2005–Present).  I was the editor chosen to manage the transition from a paper journal (Contemporary…

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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…

Career Paths in Psychology: Media Psychologists

Pamela Rutledge, PhD, MBA Fielding Graduate University pamelarutledge@gmail.com The exciting inclusion of a chapter on Media Psychologists in the newly released third edition of APA’s Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You, edited by Robert J. Sternberg is a testimony to the emergence of media psychology as vital field.  The expansion of…

Pokémon GO: How a Game for Capturing Pocket Monsters Captured the World’s Attention

Karla R. Hamlen, PhD Cleveland State University k.hamlen@csuohio.edu For years, people of previous generations have complained that millennials and new media consumers just stare at their phones. They’re lucky they don’t walk directly into oncoming traffic what with their Tweets, Vines, and Snapchatting. But in July 2016, Niantic, an American company affiliated with Google, teamed…

The Need for Music Literacy Education

Chrysalis L. Wright, PhD University of Central Florida Chrysalis.Wright@ucf.edu K. Megan Hopper, PhD Illinois State University khopper@ilstu.edu Francesca Dillman Carpentier, PhD University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill francesca@unc.edu Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, PhD Ohio State University Knobloch-westerwick.1@osu.edu Mary Gregerson, PhD Mary.gregerson@aol.com & Dionne Stephens, PhD Florida International University stephens@fiu.edu With advances in technology and access to music from…

Online and Community Support for Young LGBTQA Adults

Melina McConatha, PhD Lincoln University mmcconatha@lincoln.edu Research suggests that people in the LGBTQA community are at risk for loneliness and isolation given that the mainstream society often marginalizes them. As a result, LGBTQA youth are also at risk for such mental health issues as anxiety, depression, developing a distorted body image, and eating disorders (Johnson…