Fielding, Artificial Intelligence and the Evolving Frontier of Social Justice

2021-09-08T19:39:39+00:00

by Jason Ohler, Ph.D. Fielding Faculty, Media Psychology It has been an honor to work for an institution that values social justice so highly. History has consistently taught us that if we aren’t vigilant about social justice, a vacuum develops that can be filled all too easily by the forces of misogyny, ethnocentrism, and xenophobia. Recent history has also taught us that technology exacerbates the potential for this to happen. Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is so powerful, and often so discrete, that it can be used to win elections, set social policy, or dupe us into believing something that is [...]

Fielding, Artificial Intelligence and the Evolving Frontier of Social Justice2021-09-08T19:39:39+00:00

Dr. Brian Cutler Named New Program Director for Media Psychology

2021-08-24T04:39:27+00:00

Brian L. Cutler, Ph.D. I am honored and thrilled to join Fielding’s School of Psychology as Professor and the Program Director for the Media Psychology program.  My background includes more than 30 years of faculty experience and 19 years of academic administration at two U.S. universities and one Canadian university.  My training is in social and forensic psychology, and my media psychology-related research has examined pretrial publicity, recorded criminal interrogations, and person recognition from surveillance photos and videos.  I have been the author or co-author of research grants, books, book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and articles in professional associations.  [...]

Dr. Brian Cutler Named New Program Director for Media Psychology2021-08-24T04:39:27+00:00

How Period Dramas Like “Bridgerton” Soothe and Inspire

2021-06-15T23:51:37+00:00

Escapism, a good character, and a happy ending can build optimism and esteem. KEY POINTS Human brains love symmetry and completion, so audiences are soothed by the predictable patterns of period drama stories. Connection to characters in period dramas lets viewers “try on” different identities and explore new ways of being. Period dramas explore archetypal themes which invite the audience consider core ideas, such as the desire to be seen and loved. We learned a lot of things during the stress and uncertainty of 2020, including that media can be a wonderful escape into another time and place. Period dramas [...]

How Period Dramas Like “Bridgerton” Soothe and Inspire2021-06-15T23:51:37+00:00

What is Positive Media Psychology?

2021-08-29T14:00:41+00:00

presenter PAM RUTLEDGE, PHD Doctoral faculty, Media Psychology zoom webinar May 19, 2021 Positive Media Psychology applies the theories and research from positive psychology to media and technology. Whether I’m working with interactive media, entertainment experiences, marketing content, social media, mobile devices or the news, a positive media psychology paradigm shifts the perspective away from looking for what’s wrong toward how mediated experiences can make lives and society better. In this brief presentation, I will discuss how media and technology can contribute to positive emotions, such as happiness and empathy; what technologies are used to support optimal engagement and mindfulness [...]

What is Positive Media Psychology?2021-08-29T14:00:41+00:00

What is Positive Media Psychology?

2021-06-03T22:24:04+00:00

Harness the Power of Media for Good. Positive Media Psychology applies the theories and research from positive psychology to media and technology. Whether I’m working with interactive media, entertainment experiences, marketing content, social media, mobile devices or the news, a positive media psychology paradigm shifts the perspective away from looking for what’s wrong toward how mediated experiences can make lives and society better. In this brief presentation, I will discuss how media and technology can contribute to positive emotions, such as happiness and empathy; what technologies are used to support optimal engagement and mindfulness and how even [...]

What is Positive Media Psychology?2021-06-03T22:24:04+00:00

Clubhouse: What’s the Appeal of Social Audio Apps?

2021-08-27T19:01:43+00:00

BY PAM RUTLEDGE, PHD Doctoral faculty, Media Psychology APRIL 6, 2021 After a year of Zoom, people are flocking to audio-only conversations. SUMMARY Clubhouse is a throwback audio-only app for drop-in discussions, serendipitous meetings, and eavesdropping without shame. Invitation- and IOS-only, exclusivity, celebrity, and FOMO fuel its appeal; voice transmits emotion without the distraction of video, creating a sense of intimacy. Popular with marketers and self-promoters, there is an emphasis on audience building, getting followers, and monetization. Topics range from useful and insightful to inspirational; however, there have been reports of abuse, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and racism, in spite of community [...]

Clubhouse: What’s the Appeal of Social Audio Apps?2021-08-27T19:01:43+00:00

Reality TV and the Dark Triad

2021-04-03T10:01:39+00:00

BY PAM RUTLEDGE, PHD Doctoral faculty, Media Psychology APRIL 3, 2021 Reality shows thrive on drama created by those who manipulate and deceive. SUMMARY Dark Triad personality traits including entitlement, deception, lack of empathy, and manipulation are common among reality TV characters. Dark Triad traits are also associated with con artists. On realiy shows, manipulation and self-interest attract viewers because conflict activates emotion and drama. Brands should be cautious about who they choose to represent them. Dark Triad traits may increase ratings, but they can damage a brand's image. Jen Shah of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, isn’t the [...]

Reality TV and the Dark Triad2021-04-03T10:01:39+00:00

The Fragility of Social Media Fame

2021-03-31T11:21:03+00:00

BY PAM RUTLEDGE, PHD Doctoral faculty, Media Psychology March 30, 2021 What Goes Up, Can Come Crashing Down. Many successful people will tell you that fame is illusory at best.  That doesn’t make wealth, privilege and adoration look less fun from the outside. Social media fame is particularly alluring when we hear stories of ‘overnight’ success and the economics of monetizing millions of followers based on personality, chutzpah, and the ability to attract attention are the critical talents, not years of studying Method Acting or busking on street corners.  Fame can come quickly as memes spread and followers, like moths to a flame, go with what [...]

The Fragility of Social Media Fame2021-03-31T11:21:03+00:00

Why Kids Love TikTok Challenges

2021-09-08T19:18:12+00:00

BY PAM RUTLEDGE, PHD Doctoral faculty, Media Psychology February 17, 2021 Fun, dumb, or dangerous? TikTok challenges offer connection and belonging. TikTok is the current app parents love to hate. A mobile app that allows users to create and share short videos, it was the most downloaded app of 2020. TikTok challenges continue to fill the news alongside reports of the big bucks that young TikTok stars are pulling down from endorsement deals—both of which terrify parents. As the name suggests, a TikTok challenge "challenges" the viewer to take some action and record it for sharing on TikTok. Challenges are found using hashtag searches [...]

Why Kids Love TikTok Challenges2021-09-08T19:18:12+00:00

Why Do We Like Holiday Movies?

2021-04-30T16:37:34+00:00

BY PAM RUTLEDGE, PHD Doctoral faculty, Media Psychology December 1, 2020 Holiday movies offer hope, joy, love, and the promise of a kinder world. Using entertainment for comfort, escape, and positivity can be an important antidote to COVID stress and Zoom fatigue. Holiday movies are a reliable and popular choice. Media companies have noticed, and some have upped their investment in holiday “feel good” movies. For example, according to the LA Times, Mar Visa entertainment has gone from investing about 10% of its development funds in holiday movies to about 50%. Why? Holiday movies make us happy. Psychologists talk about happiness by distinguishing between two types: hedonic [...]

Why Do We Like Holiday Movies?2021-04-30T16:37:34+00:00
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