Visiting Scholar Dr. Perry Reed Joins Media Psychology Research Group


Perry Reed, Ph.D. Visiting scholar Perry Reed, Ph.D., has joined Fielding's Media Psychology Research Group. Dr. Reed is a media psychologist driven to help people and organizations leverage media and technology effectively. He earned his MA and PhD in media psychology from Fielding Graduate University, conducting his dissertation research on the intersections of artificial intelligence, human creativity, and the science of storytelling. He also holds a BS in cognitive science from UCLA. As a Visiting Scholar at Fielding Graduate University, Perry will work alongside faculty to lead the media psychology virtual research lab. Perry will mentor graduate students, conduct research, [...]

Visiting Scholar Dr. Perry Reed Joins Media Psychology Research Group2023-11-14T08:07:31-08:00

Leveling Up: Developmental Psych for Setting Video Game Controls


Here's how to set developmentally appropriate video game controls for tweens and teens that support the dynamic nature of a child's growth. KEY POINTS Effective digital parenting adapts to children's maturing needs over time. Tweens benefit from structures that balance gameplay with diverse developmental activities. Young teens need a combination of independence and supportive parental guidance. Teach older teens to self-regulate through discussions and collaborative boundary-setting If you have considered setting parental controls for your kids' video games and gaming systems, the dizzying complexity of today's gaming platforms can be overwhelming, making you hesitant to allow much video gameplay. Yet, [...]

Leveling Up: Developmental Psych for Setting Video Game Controls2023-11-13T15:04:12-08:00

How and Why to Use Parental Controls in Video Games


Parental controls are like training wheels for keeping young players safe. KEY POINTS In spite of parental concerns, gaming can foster resilience, social skills, and cognitive development. Many consoles and gaming ecosystems offer parents multiple levels of control. Parental controls should be like training wheels, providing structure as players mature. Discussing and adapting parental restrictions as kids mature can build trust and teach values. The top questions I get from parents are about screen time, most of them driven by fear. Screen time is today’s bogeyman, the monster under the bed. We blame it for everything from depression and anger to poor body image. Restricting screen time [...]

How and Why to Use Parental Controls in Video Games2023-11-09T09:42:18-08:00

Drs. Andrews and Tuma Present at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Actuaries


Nov. 13-14, 2023 • Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C. Envision Tomorrow, the American Academy of Actuaries Annual Meeting brings actuaries, policymakers, and thought leaders together to discuss today’s top issues while enjoying the sights of the nation’s capital. This event provides a platform for actuaries interested in learning more about public policy and professionalism to explore these issues and to engage directly with policymakers, regulators, and experts. Fielding Alumna Dr. Dorothy Andrews and Fielding faculty Dr. Regina Tuma will be part of a panel on Shedding Light on Hidden Bias in Big Data and Algorithms at the 2023 Annual Meeting [...]

Drs. Andrews and Tuma Present at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Actuaries2023-11-02T17:07:44-07:00

7 Strategies to Help Kids Cope With War Images in the Media


Kids need digital literacy skills when faced with distressing media content. KEY POINTS TikTok is kids’ go-to for news about current events, putting them at risk for misinformation and distress. Videos activate emotion, create social presence and influence beliefs and attitudes. Digital literacy strategies can give kids the necessary skills to manage distressing content. Social media is the main source of news for over half of Americans, particularly for Gen Z. On TikTok, one-third of users are between ages 10 and 19. These young people are getting information from a platform where professional journalists are overrun by opinionated TikTokers and bots. [...]

7 Strategies to Help Kids Cope With War Images in the Media2023-10-30T08:48:36-07:00

How to Find Media Balance During Violent Conflicts


Media management can help you stay current without sacrificing well-being. KEY POINTS Violent images trigger fight or flight, decrease cognitive scrutiny, and increase persuasive impact. TikTok is a go-to source for world events putting users at risk for emotional distress and misinformation. Using media management strategies can protect your mental health. It’s hard to escape the horrors of war when violent and gruesome images flood the media. Conflicting reports make staying current difficult, increasing our sense of “need to know”—leading quickly to doomscrolling behaviors such as those we saw during COVID-19. The tendency to look and keep looking is normal. It's [...]

How to Find Media Balance During Violent Conflicts2023-10-27T13:00:10-07:00

Ghosting: How to Deal with Digital Disconnects in Dating


Just because ghosting is on the rise doesn't make it hurt less. KEY POINTS Ghosting's rise coincides with the popularity of online dating and mobile apps. Ghosting leaves people feeling abandoned, questioning their desirability, and grappling with uncertainty. Self-awareness and coping strategies can decrease careless ghosting and build resilience. There are two kinds of ghosting. Both involve disappearing after making contact, but only one comes with treats. Ghosting at Halloween means you ring the doorbell, leave a bag of treats, and then run away before anyone can see you. Ghosting online or on dating apps is simply disappearing without an explanation. No treats. [...]

Ghosting: How to Deal with Digital Disconnects in Dating2023-10-25T08:17:21-07:00

Beyoncé’s #MuteChallenge as a Mindfulness Moment


By silencing the noise, Beyoncé created a viral trend that enhanced experience. KEY POINTS The #mutechallenge, a viral moment from Beyonce’s new tour, offers a rare opportunity to practice mindfulness. The act of being silent can help draw attention to the present moment and what is going on inside the body. Teachers have taken to using the #mutechallenge in classrooms to help children focus and improve learning. The #mutechallenge is a viral trend that emerged from Beyonce’s Renaissance World Tour. Beyoncé starting a viral trend isn’t surprising—she is one of the most influential music artists. However, I was intrigued when [...]

Beyoncé’s #MuteChallenge as a Mindfulness Moment2023-10-10T12:26:38-07:00

APA Award-Winning Research: Student La’ Toya Broughton’s Groundbreaking Study on Mental Health in Black Communities


La' Toya Broughton, a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Clinical Psychology student at Fielding Graduate University, has received the prestigious Research Travel Award 2023 from The Society for Prescribing Psychology, Division 55 of the American Psychological Association (APA). Her groundbreaking research, titled "The Dichotomy of Religion/Spirituality within Black Communities when Prescribing Psychotropics," has earned her this recognition. La' Toya was one of four recipients of the award, and she was honored with public recognition, a plaque, and a monetary prize. What makes her achievement even more exceptional is that she was the only research award recipient invited to the Science in the Morning [...]

APA Award-Winning Research: Student La’ Toya Broughton’s Groundbreaking Study on Mental Health in Black Communities2023-10-13T07:51:49-07:00

Why Do We Care Who Taylor Swift Dates?


Parasocial relationships can increase meaning and enjoyment. KEY POINTS Taylor Swift’s level of success can attract our curiosity, even if we’re not a fan. Swifties, and other fans, feel deep emotional parasocial connections due to media’s "illusion of intimacy.” Swift-Kelce dating rumors multiply emotional stakes for fans invested in Taylor's romances. Most parasocial relationships are perfectly healthy, adding to meaning, sense of community, and enjoyment. Taylor Swift attended several recent Chiefs games, amidst rumors that she’s dating NFL star and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. If you didn’t know this, you probably haven’t been paying attention, either to the news or to social [...]

Why Do We Care Who Taylor Swift Dates?2023-10-02T08:59:37-07:00
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