Navigating Media

From the ever-expanding Googleverse to the snarky payoff of celebrity gossip, life is splintered and refracted in a million ways by contemporary communication tools. The media has a profound impact on how we perceive ourselves and our world. The smart media user will learn to consume information judiciously and employ social networking tools to enhance one's goals and complement one's personality, rather than being drowned in the Internet's flood of information.

Recent posts on Media

Inside the Bungled Case That Spawned Sex Offender Registries

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Witness
The 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling riveted the nation and spawned modern sex offender registries. But would these laws have made a difference? A brilliant podcast explores.

Beware of Criticizing Concepts You Don't Fully Understand

It's extremely harmful when respected news sources convey false and misleading information to the public.

The Strange Coincidences Between the Media and Our Minds

Media coincidences provide evidence of an increasingly closer connection between human minds and our rapidly expanding involvement with the internet.

The FoMo Health Factor

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Media Spotlight
New research suggests that excessive fear of missing out be a greater health risk than you might think.

How to Detect Fake News

The Internet abounds with Fake news and misrepresentation. Our brains are powerful lie detectors, let’s use them.

The Other 'N' Word: The Power of No!

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in The First Impression
What may open up in your life when you start saying no?

Serial Killer Groupies and Murderabilia Collectors

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
The public has an insatiable appetite for the sensationalized tales of serial killers. Some people take their obsession to extreme ends.

Writing the Truth With Empathy and Ethics

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Rebecca Skloot’s masterpiece on Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa story is also a study in the difficult art of sticking to the facts.

Changing Minds on Meat Eating

Effective animal advocacy is turning to empirical research for guidance.
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An Updated Snapshot of the Online Narcissist

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 24, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Are we really experiencing a narcissism epidemic, and does social media use play a role? A new meta-analysis raises some disturbing questions.

Fake News, Echo Chambers & Filter Bubbles: A Survival Guide

By Joe Pierre M.D. on November 21, 2016 in Psych Unseen
Our beliefs and actions are increasingly influenced by our immersion into the internet. Is it time to unplug?

Batman & Brain Injury

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 20, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
How much concussion exposure does big screen Batman actually have?

Save Your Thanksgiving With Multi-Minute Cooking Videos

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Screen Time
Thanksgiving is less than a week away. You are thinking: "What do I do with this turkey?!" Cooking videos may boost self-confidence, as told through social cognitive theory.

Coping in a Post Election World & the Amy Adams Film ARRIVAL

Feeling stressed about the the election? A film can help you cope.
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Freedom in Technology Not From Technology

Our love affair with our devices is creating havoc in our real affairs

The Psychology of Social Media

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in The First Impression
What does the empirical literature reveal regarding social media consumption?

Coping With Difficult Emotions Post-Election

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 13, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
Regardless of your political affiliation, this election season has affected all of us. Learn how to cope with your difficult emotions and make the first step towards moving forward
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Serial Killers and Celebrity TV

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 13, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A clip of a TV show that features a killer now on trial for four murders brings to mind other murderers who got their 15 minutes of TV fame.

Are there First Amendment Rights in Trump’s America?

To brand thousands of protesters as “professional protesters” defies rationality. But this may portend an even deeper problem at the heart of what it means to be an American.

The Technology of Dreaming in "Falling Water"

"Falling Water," new on the USA Network, goes further than any other television show in exploring the multiple dimensions of dreaming latent within the human mind.

Unexpected News Media: Child-Based Election Discussions

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on November 09, 2016 in Screen Time
Aren't sure how to talk about the elections results with young children? New media processing themes may help.

What Might Research Ethics Teach Us About Effect Size?

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in Pop Psych
The curious world in which our complex minds are passive and acted upon by information probably doesn't exist, but people sometimes say it does.

"71 Doctors Declare Trump has Dementia, Unfit for Office"

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in Statistical Life
Why fight the lies. Write something that you know some people can't help but want to believe and sit back as social media does it's magic.

Small Hands

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on November 06, 2016 in The Political Animal
Sex in politics is as old as politics. And maybe as old as sex.

Do You Know A Hypocrite?

You might be quick to identify hypocrisy in others, but are you as aware of your own inconsistencies?

A Great American Gender Bender? US Election 2016

By Dinesh Sharma Ph.D. on November 05, 2016 in Leaders in the Making
The widest gender gap in American elections, where majority of women may be voting for the Democratic ticket and majority men for the Republican ticket?

Six Ways to Cope With The 2016 Presidential Election Results

After the brutality of this election season ends, we should all step up to be the helpers our country needs.

Converging Advances in Online Learning: OTT, OER, and OEI

Online learning & distance education are transforming through “Over-The-Top-Technologies” (OTT) vehicles for new offerings enhancing the integration of (OER) in “Online-Education."

Autism, Violence, and the Media

By Jill Del Pozzo, MA, and Lindsay Cherneski, MA on November 03, 2016 in Fractured Minds
There is no scientific evidence that autism, by itself, increases the risk of violence. In fact, individuals with ASD are less likely to engage in criminal behavior.

He's Not Iron Man and She's Not Wonder Woman

By Dara Greenwood Ph.D. on November 03, 2016 in Mirror, Mirror
Viewing Trump and Clinton through the lens of popular culture may be tempting but dangerous.