Essential Reads

Single Mothers and Their Health, Around the World

Single parenting causes poor health? 6 ways you were misled

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.

Recent Posts on Media

Exploring Facebook Depression

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 25, 2015 in Media Spotlight
There's no question that Facebook is popular given its 1.23 billion active users in countries around the world. In many ways, Facebook seems to be a perfect social tool for staying in contact with friends and family members without ever needing to leave the house. So why do so many Facebook users report feeling depressed and lonely? The answer may be surprising.

Louis CK's Offensive Genius

By Jay Richards Ph.D. on May 24, 2015 in The Violent Mind
How Louis CK made America look at itself through his hilariously comic monologue opening Saturday Night Live's 40th season finale.

Single Mothers and Their Health, Around the World

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 23, 2015 in Living Single
A much-publicized study claimed that single mothers are at risk for poor health. Here's a less credulous analysis, starting with the fact that in many countries, there is no difference whatsoever between the health of the single and married mothers, and continuing with the actual factors that make a difference.

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

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. FMP is a field whose time has arrived. Must Read!

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."