Essential Reads

Wonder Woman to the Rescue

When the world is in chaos, who can set things right? (Cue music): Wonder Woman!!!

The Bully on the Screen

With the explosion of social media, the proliferation of screens, and the rapid rise in screen time, children are more exposed than ever to cyber-bullying.

Cultural Identity Theft

Is it harmful to take something from someone else's culture and use it? Psychological science suggests that harm may occur.

Group Rumination and the Power Of Music

Music can change the world because it can change people, said Bono.

More Posts on Media

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.

Linguistic and Cultural Challenges of Foreign Correspondents

How do foreign correspondents navigate, linguistically and culturally, between the country they are working in and the country they are reporting to?

"The Sounds of Silence"

We need more silence in our lives, as noisy machinery, constant media, a troubled world, life's pressures and internal distress bombard us: We sorely need relief from cacophony...

Breaking News—Is it Fake or Real?

These tips will help you avoid ‘myside bias,’ recognize types of fake news.

Trump Coal Rolls the World

What if Stephen K. Bannon remade Smokey & the Bandit with the coal-rolling Koch bros terrorizing Prius drivers while Scott Pruitt, as the hapless sheriff, pretended to catch them?

What Your Radio Knows About You

One day not so long ago, I was flipping through channels on my car radio, looking for the song that would hit the spot.

Was 'Sgt. Pepper' a Divisive Album?

By David Niose on June 04, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
The unfortunate reality of modern cyber-journalism: the market-driven need to create and nurture division and conflict.

Why Brad Pitt's Alcoholism Is NOT New

Why it was surprising to read the title of the New York Post article "Brad Pitt and the New Alcoholism."

Criticizing Conservatives Can Harm Press Safety

Mainstream media needs to be careful about criticizing conservatives. You can help it be more oriented toward the truth by promoting the Pro-Truth Pledge!

Wonder Woman in the Ring: MMA Fighter Sarah Kaufman

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on May 31, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Mixed martial arts fighter Sarah Kaufman shares thoughts on life in the ring and the importance of role models like Wonder Woman.

So You Want to Write/Edit an Art Therapy Book, Part Two

Are you an editor or a curator? In the long and winding road of publishing, edited books may be becoming curated volumes more often than you think.

Desensitization of Terrorism

Has society become desensitized to terrorism?

"13 Reasons Why:" Psychological Costs for Vulnerable Kids

This binge-able series is wildly successful with teens, but they may also find it unexpectedly evocative, disturbing, and misleading.

Facebook Banned Another Political Activist - Myself!

Facebook Banned Another Political Activist - Myself!
The Single Most Dangerous Word In Social Media

The Single Most Dangerous Word In Social Media

By John Nosta on May 23, 2017 in The Digital Self
Need to get a company's attention in the world of failed products and horrible customer service?

How Am I Supposed to Feel?

“Take a deep breath and walk away” is advice that often translates as “continue to take it.”

Growing Up in a False Reality

Seeking artificial validation not only results in addictive, destructive behaviors, it also displaces the very experiences that would otherwise offer us authentic validation.

Chris Cornell: When Suicide Doesn’t Make Sense

What might have been happening inside the rock star's mind.

Trump and the Psychology of Pro Wrestling

How does Donald Trump uses wrestling tactics to get ahead? This article on the psychology of pro wrestling sheds some light on our "heel-in-chief."

Fell on Black Days: Mourning the Suicide of Chris Cornell

By Joe Pierre M.D. on May 18, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Reflections on suicide, celebrity, and selfishness

Inside the Mind of The 'Celebrity' Serial Killer Ian Brady

...why this serial killer never garnered the media attention that others... did, include the fact, unlike the 'Moors Murderer', Trevor Hardy did not have a catchy nick name...

Psychology of Peak Performance

If you are looking for a competitive edge or trying to find more interest in life, these stories from around the web will get your juices flowing.
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What Empire Got Wrong About Social Workers

Contrary to misrepresentation by popular media, social workers are so much more than people who take children from loving families.