Essential Reads

The Surprising Psychology of the Email Hack

All too often we hear of a public figure whose email was hacked. What they thought was private becomes grist for the media mill. How would you feel if someone targeted you?

Fact Check, Gun Control and Suicide

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in The New Brain
The facts do not support the Washington Post argument that stricter gun control will lower U.S. suicide rates 20-38 percent.

Proactively Coping With Racism

For most people of color, it becomes increasingly impossible to escape the stress caused by the barrage of news coverage broadcasting the gruesome details of racial violence.

Three Steps to Get Up to Speed on Any Subject Quickly

By Nir Eyal on July 14, 2016 in Automatic You
You have just a few days to learn everything there is to know about a subject you know nothing about. Now what?

More Posts on Media

Coping After Shootings: Self-Care Strategies for Families

Witnessing gun violence directly or through media can cause difficulties with behavioral and emotional functioning. Read these tips on coping to reduce trauma.

The Divorce Curse of Bravo’s Real Housewives Continues

Let Jules, Cynthia, Yolanda, Luann, Bethenny, NeNe, Porsha, Phaedra, Tamra, Vicki, and others be cautionary examples of how the show makes relationships more vulnerable to divorce.

Curing Fear of Flying in 140 Characters or Less

Sam was insistent. If I wasn't using Twitter to help people fly, I was missing something big.

You're Not Really Friends With That Internet Celebrity

The psychology of why you feel an illusion of closeness to your favorite internet personality

The Tyranny of Film

You'd be surprised just how well filmmakers can control our attention.
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'True Grit' as a (Strangely) Therapeutic Movie

We expect coming of age films to show an adolescent protagonist grow up, but in the Coen Brother's quirky remake of 'True Grit,' true development is hidden at the end of the film.

Why Is Pokemon Mania Becoming Such a Pain in the Neck?

By Steve Sisgold on July 25, 2016 in Life in a Body
With millions of people distracted by something other then what is in front of them, problems can occur. Here’s some solutions to enjoy the game.

Don’t Blame Trump: Heal Thyself, America

It is always easier to understand, celebrate or attack single individuals than it is to comprehend and address the context that gives rise to them.

The Woman Who Brought Down Roger Ailes

Institutional sexism is put in the spotlight with the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

The Pressures of Social Media: Should I Disconnect?

Some people talk about giving up social media as the answer to the always-on pressures of connectivity. A better solution is "Social Media Mindfulness."

Think Before You React to Mrs. Trump's Speech

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in Screen Time
Quick to judge others on character rather than situational factors? Social psychology and media processing is used to process the recent events surrounding Mrs. Trump's RNC speech.
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How to Talk to Kids about Mass Shootings and Attacks

How can we help kids cope with violent tragedies? Use a few simple guidelines.

The Psychological Hero

By Pythia Peay on July 19, 2016 in America On The Couch
"The Hero-myth is the central myth of Jungian psychoanalysis, because for Jung the hero’s 'grand opus' concerns the relations with the unconscious." Jungian analyst Erel Shalit

Why No One Should Ever Use the Word 'Cult'

By Guy P. Harrison on July 18, 2016 in About Thinking
If "cult" is a sleazy, illogical slur word, why does everyone use it?

How to Prevent Violence

Identify powerlessness, rejection, humiliation, injustice, unimportance, insignificance and nothing to lose by dying before they combine together in violence.

Oh No, Pokémon Go!

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on July 17, 2016 in Mental Mishaps
We have an infestation of Pokémon on my campus and in my community. Have you seen any Pokémon lurking around your home, at work, in parks, or on the streets near you?

Intimate Relationships and Electronic Devices

Leaving a paper trail used to be thought of as potentially incriminating. What about an electronic one?

The One Big Secret of Social Media Success

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 15, 2016 in Hide and Seek
How to make your posts more popular.

The 4 Stages of Unplugging a Child's Brain

By Garth Sundem on July 15, 2016 in Brain Trust
We've all seen research on kids and screen time. Here's what it really looks like to unplug.

Is Pokémon GO a Virtual Drug?

Is Pokémon GO a revolution or passing fad? Does its form of augmented reality offer new opportunity for therapeutic benefits or are risks like addiction and recklessness too great?

How to Fight Fairly on Facebook and Other Social Media

Is your Facebook aflame with hateful discussions? How can you stand up, say your piece, and shed some light without getting burned or adding to the chaos? Here are some guidelines.

Failed Mental Health App Highlights Pitfalls of Social Media

When social media pits privacy against mental health, ethical concerns arise.

Why Pokémon Go Is the Future of Fitness

Pokémon Go will be the model for future fitness apps. The reason why? it's easier to move when exercise is a side effect of something fun.

Dissecting Sheldon Cooper

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in Media Spotlight
If you've seen even a single episode of the hit sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, then you're familiar with Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Understanding the antics of an eccentric genius.

Will Augmented Reality Be the New Therapy?

Can augmented reality gamify mental health treatment?

Pokémon Go and the Power of Nostalgia

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Can nostalgia explain why people are obsessed with Pokémon Go?

Study Demonstrates Racial Disparity in Police Force

The science supports the arguments in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Psychological Benefits of Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO is a mobile app that uses augmented reality (AR) and GPS to extend a fantasy world into the physical world. Is it also good for you?

As We Wonder: A Heroine's Wisdom for Violent Times

A superheroine gives wisdom: "Don't kill if you can wound, don't wound if you can subdue, don't subdue if you can pacify, and don't raise your hand until you've first extended it."

The Best Health Advice

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on July 08, 2016 in Cravings
When it comes to good advice, sometimes you need a friend and sometimes you need a professional.