5 Positive Psychology Elements of Facebook’s Interfaces and Platform Infrastructures

Explosive social media usage growth means that billions of people throughout the globe regularly frequent social media sites to connect with friends, peers, and family many times over throughout the course of a given day. As social media users log in and out of their social apps and sites, they are generally oblivious to the positive psychology-influenced elements purposefully weaved into the interface designs of their profiles, dashboards, and always-updating news feeds. To demonstrate this p

3 Reimagined Ways I Wish Twitter’s Bookmarks Could Work (and Look!)

On any given day, I’ll bookmark at least 3–5 Tweets for varying reasons. Sometimes it’s because there’s a link to content that’s relevant to something I’m researching. Other times, it’s because people on Twitter are so damned witty and endlessly entertaining. Inevitably, I always end up bumping into a handful of Tweets worth saving so I’m super grateful to have the ability to bookmark them for a rainy day. Twitter is a real-time environment so the newsfeed updates every time you blink, just ab

Why You Should Heed Advice from Neuromarketing Enthusiasts With a Grain (or Two) of Salt

In the case of neuromarketing, which uses neuroscience (brain research) to reveal subconscious consumer decision-making processes, would you be more willing to follow the advice of a neuromarketing enthusiast with high interest and in avid pursuit of all things neuroscience OR that of a trained media psychologist (a) seasoned in all areas of marketing technology and digital media, as well as (b) immersively educated in both human brain and social sciences?

Psychology and the Study of Consciousness: Theorists, Preferred Methods & Criticisms

During the mid-19th century, the observation of consciousness was one not viewed as a serious scientific activity (Danziger, 1980b, p. 243); a Kantian-inspired way of thinking, which centered around the notion that the mind could not be subjected to quantification and experimentation (Pickren & Rutherford, 2010, p. 50) had influenced the psychological landscape of the time. However, Wundt’s founding of experimental psychology — a hybrid form of science combining experimental physiology and psychological introspection in 1879 (p. 50) — presented an entire realm of counter possibilities.

The Role of Story During Our Early Identity Development

I continue reading Finding Truth in Fiction: What Fan Culture Gets Right–And Why It’s Good to Get Lost in a Story (Oxford Press). Chapter 6 spotlights the important role story plays during our early years as our identity develops and inspired the following writing, which features my 14-year-old son’s (Brandon) story choice and related identity development implications. In those insightful Chapter 6 pages, authors Dill-Shackleford and Vinney (2020) explain fictional stories accessed by adolescents through mass media can give them opportunities to discover new things.

An Exploration of Truth & Meaning Amidst A Fake News World

While current events surrounding ‘fake news’ trends have largely inspired this post, this initial writing — focused on meaning, ‘truth,’ and their ‘fake news’ and disinformation counterparts — kicks off a truth-centric series that’ll be published in the coming weeks and months. What exactly is ‘truth?’ Most of my curiosity about this provocative question has been inspired by the fake news, disinformation, and post-truth phenomenons overtaking much of the media in recent years — a pervasive com

Scientific Racism: The Enduring Legacy of Disparaging Psychological Practices from the 19th Century Still Impacts Us Today

This post references readings from the book A History of Modern Psychology in Context, authored by Alexandra Rutherford and Wade E. Pickren. Specifically, my writings below are inspired by Chapters 6 and 7, which provide: • an in-depth, historical account of the development of the practice of Psychology in the delivery of mental health services, • the scientific and practical value of mental tests and their social utility, • and the spread of psychological ideas among the American public. Addit

On Actors and Their Roles: The Social Psychology of Narrative Person Perception

Much of what I’ve read from Chapter 3, On Actors and Their Roles: The Social Psychology of Narrative Person Perception, reminds me of my own storytelling consumption and observations while watching the decadent period drama, Versailles, produced by Canal+. I’ve always been rather partial to history-angled dramas but nothing prepared me for my transportive and flow experiences with Versailles. The main character in Versailles is, as one might expect, King Louis XIV — famously known as The Sun King, and the scandal-filled period drama centered around him unfolds at his royal court circa the 1650s.

5 Reasons I Believe Marketing Is Inherently Broken

With more time as of late to ponder such things, I’ve come to the conclusion that today’s marketing — defined by the American Marketing Association (AMA) as “the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large” — is inherently broken. And when I say broken, I do mean as defined by Oxford Dictionary as “having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or in working order.” I’ve held this “marketing is broken” view for some time. And here’s why.

Personal Branding Through Imagification in Social Media (A Thesis Review)

The term personal branding was only coined a short decade ago by management consultant Tom Peters, co-author of In Search of Excellence and other business books. Peters originated the concept that brands consist of more than just inanimate entities; suggesting individuals have also become an effective means for branding (Lindahl & Öhlund, 2013). According to Peters (1997), for an individual to stand out in the digital ecosystem, he or she must be his or her own brand.

Disaster Resilience: Emergent Use of Social Media and Its Effect on Citizens’ Self-Resilience During and After a Disaster

Resilience in human development, a subset of positive psychology, draws attention on understanding human potential by examining how “human adaptive systems intersect with individual differences and environmental contexts to overcome adversity” (Gregory & Rutledge, 2016, p. 99). This post spotlights how highly resilient citizens leverage social media technologies before, during, and after a traumatic event to gather and disseminate information, problem-solve, and more.

Political Psychology: Thoughts on Censorship and Disloyalty Lists

At the time of this political psychology writing, the United States is facing important questions about censorship, free speech, and political power. These questions aren’t unique to the USA, where a form of political censorship — the firing of non-Trump loyalists — is unfolding; but also abroad, most notably in China where political censorship against the Chinese government’s handling of the Coronavirus backdrop is unsettling and troubling.

Mindfulness: Its Relation to Psychology, Empathy, and Technology

While the practice of mindfulness has grown wildly popular, there are those who believe mindfulness and its claimed benefits have been over-hyped. These detractors question how mindfulness meditation influences health. They also believe much remains unclear about what exactly mindfulness does to the human brain or to what extent it helps people suffering from physical and mental challenges (Lieberman, 2018). I posit that before we can delve more deeply into such conversations, it’s imperative to first explore if mindfulness is even related to the field of psychology. This writing briefly spells out some findings that align mindfulness’s foundations with human psychology, spotlights its correlations to empathy, and highlights relevant mindfulness technology observations.
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