Essential Reads

Homer Simpson as Parent

Humor is very often a sneaky way to engage with cultural and moral issues that would meet with resistance if they were discussed in a more serious way.

Porn "Addiction" in the Mainstream Media

The mainstream media presents pornography addiction as a legitimate disorder when in fact this is far from certain. In addition it offers questionable advice and suggestions.

Media Coverage Can Change Minds

Identifying as American may be a key factor in how you respond to coverage of Trump's policies.

Violent Media and Aggressive Behavior in Children

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in The Baby Scientist
With recent gun violence in the U.S., one of the questions that always comes up is whether violent media promotes violent or aggressive behavior, especially in children.

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Will Changes to Facebook's Newsfeed Be Good for Us?

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Close Encounters
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg recently announced changes to what people will see in their Facebook newsfeed. Will these changes be psychologically beneficial, as promised?

Exclusive Interview With Writer-Director of Blood Honey

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in The Social Thinker
Jeff Kopas, writer/director of new psychological thriller, talks of the writing process, the "unreliable narrator" trend, and how he convinced Gil Bellows to douse himself in bees!

Let's Commend Fact-Based Thinking: Except with Alcohol

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Addiction in Society
Kurt Anderson hates irrationality — except when it comes to alcohol!


By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 16, 2018 in Minority Report
Do you find your partner's emojis to others too flirty or just too much with someone else? If so, your romantic relationship could be victim to "micro-cheating".

Why Have So Many Americans Lost Their Trust in Facts?

By Christopher Bergland on January 16, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
A new study pinpoints various trends that are driving America's growing skepticism about "facts."

Cat Person, Aziz Ansari and Power in the Age of Trump

The New Yorker's "Cat Person" short story seemed to be a prelude to the current Aziz Ansari story. What can we learn about power and vulnerability in the Trump era?

Calling Trump Childish Shows How We Disrespect Children

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on January 14, 2018 in Freedom to Learn
We've taken long strides toward moving beyond the negative stereotyping of many groups. Let's now stop stereotyping children negatively, too.
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New York’s Most Haunted Mansion

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on January 13, 2018 in Shadow Boxing
An anthology of fiction opens up New York's oldest mansion for "ghost tours" and other adventures.

Mr. Zuckerberg, Tear Down This Wall!

Mark Zuckerberg is changing the Facebook Newsfeed, again. He claims it's to help users' mental health and make Facebook a force for moral good. Don't believe the hype.

You Are Judged By Your Screen Name, So Choose Carefully

Sexual predators prey on women using provocative screen names. Yet good guys are looking too. So choose your screen name carefully.

Infographic: Teen Substance Use and Media

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in Connected
These statistics make clear that we must encourage the teens in our lives to think critically about how media uses different strategies to try to influence their behavior.

Can You Tell a Psychopath from a Sociopath?

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in Wicked Deeds
In addition to their many commonalities, sociopaths and psychopaths have their own unique, distinctive behavioral characteristics and origins.

5 Ways to Do a Digital Detox

In his new book, Blake Snow teaches us how to limit internet use—the trick to boosting productivity, building stronger relationships, and creating a more meaningful life.

Oprah, That Speech, and Fierce Feminine Leadership

By Megan Dalla-Camina on January 09, 2018 in Real Women
The speech that the world is talking about is a demonstration of what true feminine leadership looks like. And it will change more than we think.

"Lady Bird" III: Greta Gerwig Makes Up to Her Mom

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on January 07, 2018 in Addiction in Society
Greta Gerwig's mother didn't fight the filmmaker's aspirations. Rather, she nurtured the cinematic genius that is Gerwig, and specifically the family love of New York.

The Psychology of Star Wars: Dark Side Edition

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in Supersurvivors
Star Wars makes lots of claims about our darker emotions. Are they accurate?

Why Do People Move Countries? Global Warming?

Why do people migrate? Does it have to do with climate change? How should the media explain migrants' reasons for changing their lives?

Desperately Seeking Human

The inadequacy of digital connection has left us yearning for the felt presence of other people. Why this is a step in the right direction...

Are Writers as Weird as They Are Made to Appear?

Writers have often been perceived and portrayed as quirky, eccentric, and occasionally belligerent – a reputation that is arguably well deserved.

Technology Designed for Addiction

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in Boundless
Have trouble limiting social media exposure? Tech giants want it that way.

The Best Happiness Apps of 2018

Compare four happiness apps to find the best one for you.

Ronan Farrow: Man on a Mission

By Joan Ullman M.A. on January 03, 2018 in Uncharted Customs
Often the first word many people learn to speak is `Daddy,' . But this young prodigy grew up with a daddy who was a baddie `- dubbed by all at home a `no goodie' sex harasser. `

See Something, Say Something? How?

By Kelly Dillon Ph.D. on January 03, 2018 in Hacking Harassment
Tired of online harassment? Here's some insight into cyberbystander intervention

Ladies, Resist This Season of The Bachelor

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on January 02, 2018 in The First Impression
The gender portrayals on the ABC franchise hit The Bachelor are outdated.

Meaningful Moments from Two Decades Studying Single People

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 02, 2018 in Living Single
A moment when the conversation about single people suddenly became more enlightened, and another moment that left me stunned and demoralized.

Are the Decline of IQ and Rise of the “Influencer” Related?

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in Millennial Media
Does it seem anymore that we plug in and zone out? Meanwhile, are we becoming dumber as our phones keeping getting smarter?It's possible the solution lies in the palm of our hands.

Gender and Cinema: Portrayals of Female Academics

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on December 31, 2017 in Intersections
There are few films featuring a female academic, and most of those stink.

Art Therapy and Digital Technology: Digital Art Therapy

Digital art therapy is a relative newcomer to the field of art therapy that includes digital communication, devices, apps and social networking; here is a brief introduction.

New Year’s Resolution: Do Something to Promote Civil Society

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on December 30, 2017 in Intersections
Civic responsibility is about having standards about what “information” we consume and promote by sharing. So share wisely. Our democracy, and civil society, depend on it.