Essential Reads

Digital Weight Loss (Part 1): Diet Apps

Apps make diet plans easier, but they don't substitute for commitment

Divorce Via Facebook

Divorce papers recently served via Facebook in New York. What's next?

A Palestinian Gandhi

If the media want to promote peace, they need to pay attention to nonviolence.

3 Reasons Any of Us Can Blow Up, at Anyone

Seen a celebrity lose their cool on video? It could easily happen to you.

Recent Posts on Media

Online Personality Disorders

In my work as a web psychologist, I’m exposed to many different types of user behavior and online decision-making processes. Although each person is different and has an individual style, I have identified six recurring patterns of behavior that I identify as specific “online personality types.” In this piece, I’ll discuss the six pattern types, explain the psychological d

Fourteen Dead Men: Link or No Link?

Recent book provides comprehensive overview of Smiley Face incidents, offering unique serial murder theory.

Finding the Truth through Forensic Media Psychology

In years ahead, law schools, schools of psychology, television, media and film, business schools and schools of public policy will offer courses, certificates and degrees in Forensic Media Psychology; a field whose time has arrived.

How Can We Get Relief With "Mad Men" Ending?

In Mad Men’s season six finale, Don Draper asks, “What is happiness?” He then answers, “It’s a moment before you need more happiness.” Substitute happiness for relief—or, perhaps, merely mistake relief for happiness, or satisfaction, or fulfillment—and you have yourself at the very eye of the hurricane of the whole irrelationship song-and-dance routine. Goodbye, Don.

Life Unfiltered: Do We Mask Depression Online?

Are there ways we can authentically share ourselves online? How can we show how life is a balance of good moments—the pretty pictures with the fun filters—along with harder, more complex times?

The Black Criminal, the Sexy Latin, and the Invisible Native

By Marc Halusic on May 19, 2015 in We Can Get Along
A range of new findings all converge on the idea that media depictions of ethnicity affects how we think about race, and that those depictions still have a lot of room for improvement.

The Truth About Children of Working Mothers

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on May 19, 2015 in Good Thinking
The results of a meta-analysis of sixty-nine studies indicated that the impact of early daycare on child development was different for single-parent, low income families and dual-parent, high income families. The age at which daycare starts also mattered.

On the Theater Shooting

With the trial going on, I am reposting my thoughts from the day of the shooting.

Shame on Social Shamers

Social shaming is a growing trend to influence the behavior of others. Often accompanied by an aura of moral righteousness, it overlooks the negative impact of perpetuating shame and its ineffectiveness in achieving real change.

Mad Men vs. Hill Street Blues

Which world do you choose?

A Female Sherlock Holmes? It Ought to Be Elementary!

Don't you think your daughter is smart enough to be Sherlock Holmes? Shouldn't you tell her so?

Digital Weight Loss (Part 3): Choosing a Good App

Mobile apps are uniquely suiting to providing easy ways of self-monitoring diet and exercise as well as facilitating social connection. Here are seven pointers for picking out an app that works for you.

Digital Weight Loss (Part 2): Why Use an App?

Diet apps are brilliant for tracking data. They also give you tangible proof of personal growth and accomplishment.

Digital Weight Loss (Part 1): Diet Apps

There are many apps designed to help people lose weight. The bad news is that it takes more than a cool app to do so. Weight loss is about sustainable behavior change and it requires emotional and cognitive commitment. The good news is that apps are, in fact, very cool tools that can provide motivation, structure and feedback to get you started and keep you on track.

The Hidden Costs of Overparenting

Why are today's college students are so anxious and insecure?

World War II Memories

A I was to young to remember much about it. But I've been so riveted to other people's dramatizations of the war in books, films or on the screen, that the war has felt like part of my psychic reality. You could say I've been just one step shy of suffering a Brian Williams type 'embellishment syndrome.'

Was United Airlines Justified in Removing an Autistic Child?

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on May 12, 2015 in Good Thinking
Real world problem situations require thinking on your feet. They require problem-solving, not mindless application of rules.

Episodic Memories

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 12, 2015 in In Excess
Over the past year I have been interviewed a couple of times about the seeming increase in ‘binge watching’ of DVD box sets of television series. But what is it that makes us sit down and watch a whole television series on one day back-to-back? What is the psychology behind 'box set bingeing?'

How The Media Betrays Public Trust

By Donna Flagg on May 11, 2015 in Office Diaries
Have you ever been duped by an Astroturfing campaign?

Divorce Via Facebook

Divorce papers can now be served legally via Facebook in New York.

Videos of Violence and the Primacy of Perception

We believe what we see – and that has made a big difference in public responses to violence, from Ray Rice’s assault of his fiancée in an elevator several months ago to the killing of Walter Scott by a police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Lessons from Appalachia

How stereotypes and lack of knowledge obscure the true image of one of America’s most distinct cultures.

Are We Losing the Ability to Read Each Other's Emotions?

Research shows how our digital world may be taking a toll on our emotional intelligence.

Medical Ethics Are Healthier Than Business Ethics

Traditional medical ethics puts patient welfare first. As corporations increasingly control health care, business ethics replace medical ethics. Doctors and patients must work together to defend the doctor-patient relationship.

Worries about the Apple Watch and the Internet-of-Things

There’s a lot happening in the internet-of-things, most of it beyond the horizon of our thing-filled lifestyles. The Apple Watch is the latest and perhaps most telling thing of all. Should we worry about this dazzling distraction? What will its social impact be? What are the environmental and labor costs associated with this new digital fashion accessory?

Mental Health Awareness

The month of May celebrates mental health

Gods, Machines, & Monsters: Feminist Zeitgeist in Ex Machina

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D. on May 01, 2015 in Intersections
What Ex Machina says about society's view of who passes for "human."

4 Character Strengths Sustain U2’s Success

How does U2 reflect a connection culture? One reason is the band's many character strengths that they express and appreciate in one another, such as love, humility, and appreciation of beauty and excellence.

Video vs Text: The Brain Perspective

They say video killed the radio star. The question is: Did it also kill the print star? And what does the answer mean for online content marketing?

Theater Shooter on Trial

Colorado shooter uses insanity plea for his defense