The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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How we connect and thrive through emerging technologies.
Pamela B. Rutledge Ph.D., M.B.A.
Are our attention spans totally spent to the point where watching a whole hour of TV is impossible? Or are half-hour shows just more binge-worthy?
An online symposium has the same benefits as online education: wider reach, easier access, and richer, more diverse content.
Narratives reveal core values. There is no "changing the other guy's mind" when the fundamental worldview is so different, such as over face masks and social distancing.
Our instinctive need for safety makes us vulnerable to narratives that provide easy answers.
Many people have found themselves continuously reading bad news about COVID-19 or police violence without the ability to stop or step back.
Last week, we were worried about the negative impact of cellphone overuse. Now we’re worried about staying connected. But how much is too much?
Why watch a movie that scares us when we have a pandemic in real life? Thrillers give viewers psychological pay-offs that make them feel better.
Trying to get answers makes us feel safer. This isn’t just true of adults. It’s true for kids, too.
Stories enable self-reflection, emotional connection, increased empathy and can have real-life impact. What’s not to like?
Unboxing videos are big business, especially with kids. They are popular because they trigger our interest and emotions by telling simple stories.
A recent celebrity suicide has underscored the dangers of cyberbullying no matter the source.
New Year's resolutions are great, except we start the year with low cognitive reserves. That makes February a better time to make lasting change.
As politicians anticipate the primaries, their success will boil down to the art of storytelling and the psychological impact of language, images, archetypes, and emotions.
The rapid rise in home security cameras enabled by low-cost, DIY options, raises a host of questions that we aren’t yet equipped to answer.
Parental controls don’t teach good habits and critical thinking that are transferable. They should be viewed as training wheels until a kid finds his or her balance.
“Internet Addiction” isn’t in the DSM-5. Yet, some politicians are flogging legislation as a cure to this scourge.
Digital monitoring tools like Life360 let users track the location of family and friends, forcing us to address the psychological impact on relationships and trust.
Why do parents share or overshare about their kids' lives online? It’s a combination of pride, joy, identity, social validation, and maybe a little recklessness.
A public feud shows how conflict energized the brand narratives of two beauty influencers and propelled them into (almost) household names.
Instagram is going to experiment with hiding Likes to everyone except the account owner to focus users more on connecting and less on competing. Good goal, but it won't work.
Social media isn’t going away. In spite of a bad rap, it can do a lot of good if we’re smart enough to use it well.
Instagram is a great place to get holiday ideas. It’s also a great place to beat yourself up with unrealistic expectations. Here's some tips on how to combat Holiday Dread.
Cause marketing has many faces. Does it work? Dove's Real Beauty Campaign takes another shot at digital manipulation marking photos with a “No Digital Distortion” label.
How is the what the Trump campaign tried to do with Cambridge Analytica any different than the use of data analytics in Obama’s campaigns?
The classic story of Ferdinand the Bull is now an animated film. Ferdinand is family-friendly but it can be so much more if you use it to help your kids find their strengths.
In the midst of fire and fury political rhetoric, we should be grateful for the jokes and parodies across Twitter. They can make us less anxious.
It’s important to separate out the developmental drives of young people from the impact of an increasingly visual culture.
It may be catchy, but it’s irresponsible to call Stephens the Facebook killer. It's not about Facebook.
Trying to push the pop culture envelope again, Pepsi’s ad with Kendall Jenner backfires.
Dual Instagram accounts Rinstagram (Real) and Finstagram (Fake) make sense. They let people support multiple selves--just like offline
Pamela Rutledge, Ph.D., M.B.A., is the Director of the Media Psychology Research Center and a professor of media psychology at Fielding Graduate University.
Using technology to communicate, connect and flourish in a transmedia world