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Will Emojis Ever Mean the Same Thing to Everyone?

Apple introduced new emojis yesterday, but we barely agree about the old ones.

Stand Up For Civility

If we all do our part to reinforce civil behavior and provide corrective feedback for uncivil behavior we may help to turn our increasingly uncivil community into a more civil one.

Health 2.0, It's All About You

By David Rosen on July 14, 2017 in Health 2.0
A health revolution has put us back in control of our health and wellness, with technology and social media redefining every stage of our of life. Welcome to Health 2.0.

To Friend or Unfriend Your Ex

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Naked Truth
Should you unfriend your ex when going through a breakup? There are at least three key reasons it may help you move forward.

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Unpacking David Lynch's Twin Peaks, The Return

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on July 22, 2017 in Peace and War
David Lynch's extraordinary TV series carries a serious message. It may also be the most ingenious and creative video of all time.

Two Psychiatrists Weigh in on Netflix’s 'To the Bone'

We wish the film’s message had been more clear: Eating disorders are severe, life-threatening illnesses that have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness.
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The Stars in Our Eyes

Nothing today is the same as it was pre-Internet and social media. Certainly the way we think about fame has changed drastically.

What Can We Learn About Race From The Bachelorette?

With the first black bachelorette being cast on this season of The Bachelorette, how has the ABC franchise tackled the issue of race and dating?
K. Ramsland

Four Missing Men and the Urge to Know

With the ongoing investigation of the murdered young men in Pennsylvania, we find social media's support for the natural human inclination to figure it out as soon as possible.
To The Bone

Chilled...To The Bone

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on July 15, 2017 in One More Bite
Want a therapist's take on this highly publicized eating disorder film?

Parenting in the Era of Addictive Electronics

Are your kids obsessed with screen time? Here are steps to curb their addiction.

The Conflict Over Russia and Trump Family Values

By Stanton Peele on July 11, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Values determine behavior. The way to understand the current administration, and especially the dispute about collaborating with the Russians, is to understand Trump family values.
Randy Williams

Jack the Ripper Was Not ‘He’ But ‘They’

Distinctly different approach to identifying Jack the Ripper looks at groups that advocate violence for social manipulation.
The Meeting of Cortés and Montezuma (detail), from the Conquest of Mexico series, seventeenth century. Jay I. Kislak Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, United States Library of Congress.

Montezuma's Bane (Fake News)

By Chris Kutarna Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in Age of Discovery
Frustrated by fake news? We've been here before...

Is Your Smartphone Really Giving You Head Lice?

New technologies are dangerous things. They encourage fear and alarm, especially if they're smartphones or tablets. It used to be like that with reading, too. But look at it now.

Four Messages We Wished We Got from the New Wonder Woman

Two body image experts review the new Wonder Woman movie. Here are four critical messages we think the film left out.
Photo by Kristin Meekhof

Creating Boundaries On Social Media After Loss

Not sure what to share online after your someone you love dies? Here are five things to keep in mind.

Heroes' Origins: Must Superheroes Suffer Parental Loss?

The Film Psychologist looks at psychological consequences of losing parents for the the world's three most famous superhero orphans, and Stan Lee shares his thoughts on the matter.

This Independence Day, Free Yourself from Body Criticism

We are so much more than the sum of our physical parts. This Independence Day, let’s give ourselves a break from the cycle of comparison, and relax in our skin, cellulite and all.

Psychology, Gullibility, and the Business of Fake News

By Joe Pierre M.D. on July 01, 2017 in Psych Unseen
President Trump keeps using the phrase "fake news." Does it really mean what he thinks it means?
“’Bikini girls’ mosaic at Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, Sicily”/Kenton Greening/Wikimedia Commons

Enough Talk of Bikini Bodies

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on July 01, 2017 in Beauty Sick
Women who want to improve their fitness need realistic, healthy goals — not shame.

Will "To the Bone" Trigger Eating Disorders?

Netflix did it again, first with their release of 13 Reasons Why and now with their soon to be released To the Bone, raising controversy among mental health professionals.

45's Unprecedented String of Inflammatory, False Claims

It’s no bull: He could (truthfully) claim to be one of the most frequent, flagrant liars to ever serve as President.

How to Be a Good Parent in a Digitally Addicted World

Technology addiction is real. And yet, we can and must still be good parents.

Defining the Culture of an Office

Does the moral compass of an office seem to be veering further and further off course? It's time to define what's acceptable.

How the News Media Make Monsters

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The news media frequently refer to murderers in nonhuman and supernatural terms, using inflammatory words like evil, vampire, and monster.

Media Framing Effects

In light of a recent wave of acts of mass violence, it is timely to revisit scholarly work identifying when the media uses the term 'terrorism' and its potential effects.

How Wonder Woman Is and Isn't a Feminist Superheroine Movie

Must a feminist heroine's sex appeal be the film's primary focus? The audience can make up its own mind about her attractiveness without characters ham-handedly pointing it out.

The Anxiety Epidemic

Our smartphones may be a major cause.

A Behavioral Science Solution to Lies in Politics

Tired of lies in politics? Here's a way to address the problem.
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Hometown Killer

A new webcast on a serial killer trucker offers a unique case for lovers of true crime.

Trigger Warnings for American Classic Films

By Stanton Peele on June 08, 2017 in Addiction in Society
The film director Ernst Lubitsch, who was the toast of Hollywood for his light, "Lubitsch touch" before World War II, made films that would be banned on campuses today.
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The Truth Behind Lie to Me

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Face It!
"Lie to Me," the hit Hollywood crime drama, was based on real deception detection.