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Facing (Virtual) Reality at Media Summit 2016

Posted by Meghann Ryan on Thu, Mar 03, 2016



The future is now.

In fact, it's this week in Manhattan at the 12th annual Media Summit New York, where members of Fielding’s Media Psychology program gave a presentation Wednesday on augmented and virtual reality.

Above, author and PhD student Meghann Ryan spends time on a yacht via virtual reality goggles.

Attended by producers, software and hardware developers, network executives, press, and students, Media Summit New York 2016 is part of the Digital Hollywood trade conferences. Fielding is a sponsor of this year's event.


PhD students Matthew Price and Caryn Wiley-Rapoport joined faculty members Dr. Garry Hare, Dr. Jerri Lynn Hogg, and Dr. Pamela Rutledge to present “The Psychology of Design and Audience Engagement: AR, VR and Real Time Media,” an analysis and outlook of augmented- and virtual-reality technologies and uses.

The presentation focused on keeping the audience engaged with the technology through personalized content. Dr. Rutledge discussed best practices for engaging the audience while Price shared his project designed to measure presence and determine the "realness" of the technology. Wiley-Rapoport emphasized the link between a brand’s story and a user’s personal story.


Dr. Hogg, above, and Dr. Hare demonstrated a project that they helped create which allows visitors to scan a name on The Vietnam Memorial Wall with a smart device (phone, tablet, etc). It then loads a video made by the veteran's family, featuring a short biography of the fallen soldier.

Fielding’s research is used to inform the designs of various technologies, many of which could be seen in the demonstration areas. Digital Hollywood participants were invited to use the interactive gadgets, televisions, cameras, and computers. For example, there was a demonstration of a 360-degree camera that can capture every angle in one photograph. 

An ongoing theme of the Media Summit is that we have an enormous amount of technology, but need better content and narratives. Without a good story, the technology cannot live up to its full potential. 


First-year PhD students Meghann Ryan, Jared Sinclair, and Naila Mattison-Jones head back to "reality" today for the Summit's wrap-up.

Tags: Media psychology

Tweet Talkers: Media Psych Students Share Research in UK

Posted by Joanna Hesketh on Wed, Feb 10, 2016


A team of media psychology PhD students and faculty from Fielding Graduate University recently leaped the pond to present research and share ideas at University of Salford in Manchester, England.

The Fielding team presented “And Yet They Tweet: The Complexity of Tweets from the Streets of Tahrir” at the Salford International Media Festival. Having emerged from a research practicum offered by Fielding faculty and team research lead Regina Tuma, PhD, the project examined the potential complexity of messages limited to 140 characters:

Does that limited space allow room for meaningful and complex exchanges—especially during a time of upheaval, as was the case with the exchanges leading up to the 2011 uprising in Tahrir Square? 

“We always hear people point to the insignificance of social media content, especially Twitter,” said Tuma. “This seemed the perfect opportunity to apply the literature in psychology that looks at the complexity of our exchanges. Normally, the unit of analysis in those studies are lengthy speeches or articles. The novelty for us in this study was exploring whether the idea of complexity of meaning and exchanges could fit the brief Twitter format.”

In addition to Tuma, the Media Psychology research team includes Fielding alum Lynn Temenski, PhD, recent Fielding graduate Rafael E. Linera-Rivera, PhD, and doctoral students Judith Manassen-Ramon, Daniel Loewus-Deitch, and Joanna Hesketh.  

The Fielding group also participated in a joint international workshop with Dr. Sharon Coen of Salford University and students from the school’s media psychology program. Titled “Can You See Me Now?”, the workshop explored the role of visuals in media psychology including viral images, selfie culture and self-portrayal, and visuals in politics and social media.

Linera-Rivera said the workshop discussion broadened his knowledge of media psychology outside of the United States.

“It was a great experience for a doctoral student in media psychology to see how the subject is developing internationally,” he said.

“Media is in our hands, in our heads, and is shaping our culture,” Tuma added. “Both Sharon Coen at Salford and I see a growing need for these exchanges. Fielding and Salford should be central to that internationalizing effort since both universities share common history, and both offer degrees in media psychology.”

Watch a video from the University of Salford visit.

For information on the Media Psychology program at Fielding Graduate University, contact Pam Matovelle at

Tags: Media psychology, social media

Filmmaker Brings Critically Acclaimed 'Tangerine' to Fielding

Posted by Starshine Roshell on Fri, Jan 29, 2016


Students, faculty, and friends of Fielding got a behind-the-scenes view of Hollywood—in more ways than one—when filmmaker Sean Baker screened his critically acclaimed film “Tangerine” at Winter Session last week.

Shot on an iPhone and described by the New York Times as “tough yet tender, gritty yet gorgeous,” the Independent film depicts a day in the life of two transgender prostitutes in Hollywood. It was presented by Fielding’s Alonso Center for Psychodynamic Studies, whose director Sam Osherson saw the film last year and was moved by it.

“It portrayed the lives of people who are marginalized in a way I had never seen before,” says Osherson, a Clinical Psychology faculty member who wanted Fielding students to have the opportunity to explore how they can capture human experience in a way that feels real and honest. “I’m always trying to deepen our understanding of what it means to be human and to help our students think about the people we’re working with as human beings with rich stories to tell. Sean Baker has a way of telling that story. It’s not a sentimental perspective, it’s very real.

”Relationships are at the heart of good therapy,” Osherson continues, “and this is about helping us look at a person as a person rather than as a diagnostic category.”


Filmmaker Sean Baker

After the screening, writer and director Baker answered questions from the audience, which included the Fielding community as well as Santa Barbara therapists, LGBTQ advocates, and students from UC Santa Barbara.

Baker explained that he lives near the Los Angeles neighborhood where the film is set, and wanted to explore its denizens and microcultures on the screen. But rather than create a script and impose it on the place, he spent time hanging out, earning the trust of the locals, getting to know their stories, and seeking their help in developing a story loosely based around their real lives.


The film’s stars—not professional actors but the real sex workers whom Baker met in the neighborhood—brought a levity and humor to the film, even when it touched on dark subjects from infidelity to addiction.

“Ultimately, we made a comedy,” Baker said, “but underneath the humor there’s a sadness—a sad state of affairs.”

Jennifer Tyburczy, assistant professor of Feminist Studies at UCSB and director of the LGBTQ minor there, brought students to the event from her own Trans-Art class, who are in the process of making their own films.

“The talkback with Baker allowed students to imagine themselves in the roles of director, auteur, and artist,” she says, “and empowered them to think with and through the existing representations of trans experience."

Tyrone Dixon, a Fielding student who graduated with a PhD in Media Psychology last week and is a filmmaker himself, appreciated the perspective that “Tangerine” offered.

“I thought it was a bold and courageous film,” he said. “The filmmakers did a great job of sharing that world.”

Tags: Media psychology, clinical psychology, Film, Alonso

Fielding's Media Psychology Program Leaves an Impression on Digital Hollywood

Posted by Hilary Molina on Wed, Nov 04, 2015
 by Tunisha Singleton, MA - Current PhD Student | Fielding Graduate University | Co-Chair - APA Div 46 Student Committee |  Member - APA Div 46, 47 |


Fielding Graduate University made their presence felt at Digital Hollywood in Marina Del Rey, California. Digital Hollywood is a reputable conference in the convergence of entertainment and technology, bringing together the field’s top executives and developers. As a sponsor of the four-day summit, Fielding Graduate University’s Media Psychology program supportively added to the event by bringing fresh perspectives and specialists in cutting-edge fields.

digital_hollywood_hogg_and_rutledge.jpgDigital Hollywood is among the world’s best venues combining technology research and design. The setting became a perfect fit for media psychology’s scholar-practitioner model that aims to understand the psychological impact of media use and creation. Over 25 members of Fielding's media psychology community were present, including prospective and current students, alumni, and faculty.

Director of the Media Psychology PhD Program Jerri Lynn Hogg, PhD, was in attendance and noted that the overall experience was beneficial for both parties. “Patterns in media and new technology emerged in many of the panel discussions,” said Dr. Hogg. “While industry experts work to figure out how to use content and make new platforms, researchers from our program can provide this type of information by explaining the psychology behind it. So it was very energizing to connect industry developers with researchers.”

Digital Hollywood is broken up into multiple tracks emphasizing a particular area within entertainment and technology. A few tracks, for example, include: “Immersive Entertainment: From Movie Theatres to Interactive Surfaces," “The Women’s Summit & Festival: Content, Discussion, & Recognition,” and “Virtual and Augmented Reality: From Sense of Presence to Full Embodiment.” Panels are designed to focus on a specific topic under each theme with speakers who have exceled in that particular field. And representatives from Media Psychology were not only in attendance, but were also called to lead as pioneering examples.

Director of the Media Psychology Masters and Certificate Program, Garry Hare, PhD, moderated a panel titled “AR – VR and the Human Brain: The Impact of Neuromarketing on the Real-Time Design of Immersive Entertainment and Advertising Productions.” Exploring the cognitive science behind the visualization of complex data offered opportunities to showcase the innovative work of Media Psychology graduates.

“Students and faculty experience first hand innovations in immersive media, augmented reality and the future of both mass market and targeted productions,” said Dr. Hare. “Presentations by faculty on media neuroscience and the creation of AR applications were extremely well received, opening the door for future featured panels, presentations, Dr._Christophe_Morin.jpgreal-time research and collaborative product development.”

Leading the way on marketing neuroscience is Fielidng media psychology faculty member Christophe Morin, PhD, whose presentation was filled with stimulating and cutting-edge information that rang new to Digital Hollywood. As CEO of neuromarking agency SalesBrain, Dr. Morin believes that the psychology of neuromarketing is indispensable to the Digital Hollywood community. “The field of neuromarketing offers research methods that measure and predict the effect of media on our nervous system” said Dr. Morin. “I was pleased to see that content producers and marketers are very interested in the field of media neuroscience because our research can explain and predict the effect of advertising, games, and even movies on the brain.”

Interest in neuromarketing and other critical areas were expressed through the consistent flow of attention received at Fielding’s interactive information booth. Maintained over the course of the entire conference, faculty and alumni were able to showcase Fielding’s Media Psychology’s new certificate program with two new specialized concentrations - Media Neuroscience or Brand Psychology and Audience Engagement. Under each specialized focus, the three-course certificate allows industry professionals to gain an understanding of the "why" and "how" behind their work by applying psychological theory.

Fielding media psychology faculty member and Director of the Media Psychology Research Center Pamela Rutledge, PhD, spent several hours interacting with Digital Hollywood’s advertising and creative professionals about the new emphasis of Brand Psychology. “This certificate is designed to help you connect with the consumer and take advantage of the socially-connected, 24/7 world we live in,” said Dr. Rutledge. “Entertainment and technology is not just about the’s about human behavior. Media environments change. New technologies emerge. But human needs and goals do not. So here you’ll learn to apply psychology to develop and deliver a brand identity and core story that captures your audience’s wants.”

For the Fielding to sponsor Digital Hollywood, several positive outcomes can arise including careers for alumni, research projects for faculty and internships for current students. Third year media psychology doctorl student Matthew Price remarked on how significant it is for Fielding to be present at these events and how valuable it was to be in attendance, “Digital Hollywood was a terrific opportunity for me to network with industry luminaries and examine my place academically and professionally in a real world setting. I think this is one of the truest benefits of an education from Fielding; exposure to the industry and an opportunity to apply our education in a constructive environment."

The Fielding community received an overall enthusiastic reception from Digital Hollywood participants with high anticipation for returning to the next seasonal event. Taking advantage of the high profile opportunity provided by Digital Hollywood’s setting, faculty and alum showcased their unique approach to methodology, production research, and content creation. Doctoral, masters, and certificate programs alike - the Media Psychology program represented Fielding Graduate University well as a formidable leader in higher education, research, and applied innovation.




Tags: Media psychology, technology, psychology, fielding faculty, social media, digital learning, Distributed education, fielding graduate university, distance education, APA Div 46, PhD

Fielding's New Media Psychology Program Director Jerri Lynn Hogg, PhD On Media Psychology and Technology for Good

Posted by Hilary Molina on Wed, Oct 14, 2015

As president of the American Psychological Association’s Division 46-Society for Media Psychology and Technology, Jerri Lynn Hogg, PhD, now takes on the role as program director of media psychology at Fielding Graduate University.

Jerri Lynn HoggDr. Hogg stepped right into her new role with ease. Coming from years of grounded experience in both academic and professional settings, her teaching experience at a variety of post-secondary organizations, along with her numerous years of involvement in the media psychology program at Fielding, Dr. Hogg is poised and ready to drive media psychology further into the educational forefront of the 21st century. Dr. Hogg's vision of the future of media psychology as a disciple was clearly outlined during her interview for the position of director:

The future of media psychology is impacted by the psychological foundations which form the building blocks of this discipline. These building blocks are what separate us from big media studies departments and other educational areas that hover in the same research space as media psychology. Media psychology is a broad umbrella-based psychology that is grounded in psychology, and also engages theories and research from a variety of other fields that study media and technology.

At Fielding, I believe that we are at a place where we have the opportunity to do something special, to influence peoples’ lives in important and meaningful ways. From understanding how mobile applications can best be used to encourage fitness, or stimulate happiness and mental well-being to create powerful advocacy campaigns and disaster relief efforts, such as the one most recently implemented by the Red Cross app that facilitated donations for the relief efforts in Nepal; we can learn about, demonstrate and research, how emergent technologies are enhancing our lives in powerful ways. By studying the psychological components engaged when we connect with media and technology we can inform better design and application.

For example, we can apply theory to emergent technologies to create and further define dynamic learning environments, use augmented and virtual reality to find new ways to understand and view the world, create delivery models that are media rich in presence, yet can cross geographical and time boundaries, and we can construct media that facilitates socially responsible advocacy for the betterment of humanity. With the ability to connect in more meaningful ways, collaborate cross-boundaries and cultures, share knowledge by making information more readily available and understandable, media psychology is a force for motivation, well-being, and good.

In her newest role as program director, Dr. Hogg continues to affirm the direction she sees the program going and why Fielding is the place for this vision. "It is my goal to continue to foster an energetic research center in media psychology which includes a collaborative learning space and a think-tank environment that provides businesses, organizations, nonprofits, and foundations a place to seek advice, consult, and research the intersection of human behavior and media and technology," stated Dr. Hogg. "My vision for the media psychology program within Fielding is to continue to establish the culture and identity of the program with administration, admissions and marketing, and the university in general, so we can best advertise, promote and attract students who are interested in media psychology...We are best aligned for positive outcomes, and impact, that includes strong student learning and ground breaking research, when there is a good fit. It is the story, the vision, and the cohesive message that allows not only the potential to understand who we are, but creates the vision of what we commit to as a program, a program that embraces the breadth of the field of media psychology in a foundational manner and offers specializations as our core niche. Current proposed certificates in neuroscience, brand psychology, and immersive media are a good start in this direction."

One of Dr. Hogg's areas of interest as a media psychologist is to look at virtual and augmented environments to see how people can bring a sense of presence to these environments - to make it feel as real as when we share physical presence. She frequently speaks on psychological components and influences of media and technology on human behavior and she continues to uncover new areas for research and understanding.

Dr. Hogg began her career studying engineering and then made the unusual jump to journalism and communications. While it might not have made sense at the time to make this transition, it fueled her interest in the science and the technology behind how people are driven to connect and communicate. To this day, she continues to examine a variety of interests, which are primarily based around how media influences people's lives, relationships, and humans make meaning out of life in a highly digitized world. Her passion continues to remain in the ways people connect and make meaning in digital environments. As Dr. Hogg continues her studies as a researcher and as a graduate of the media psychology program at Fielding, she would like to give back to her university and the field she proudly represents.

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Marketing Music to Fans: Learning How to Play

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Jan 30, 2014

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Fielding alumna Gigi Johnson, EdD (ELC '11), was recently interviewed for an article about the connection between music and social media marketing in The Economist.

The Economist- Dec 13th 2013, 12:41 by G.M. | SAN FRANCISCO:

It has been a tough decade for the music industry, but some are beginning to hear a happier tune. Employment for musicians is growing due to increased demand for live performances. The average hourly wage for musicians is now around $22, well more than the countrywide average of $16.

A 2012 Berklee College of Music report found that the average personal income of more than 5,000 surveyed musicians was $55,561, which is higher than the national average of nearly $43,000. (More than half of the surveyed musicians work at least three jobs, and income from musical work, such as compositions, recordings and performances, accounts for roughly 80% of take-home pay.) The industry also has several niche growth areas, including startups, video games to music therapy. 

"It makes me very hopeful for our musicians here and what they can do," said Peter Spellman, director of Berklee's Career Development Center, to Forbes. "But it does require a certain amount of business savvy and marketing savvy, in combination with your musical savvy, to succeed."

To arm musicians with some of this savvy, a handful of American universities are now teaching courses designed to help students get ahead in an evolving industry. In programs at Berklee; the University of California, Los Angeles; Belmont University in Nashville; the University of Southern California; and Syracuse University in upstate New York, among other places, musicians, recording engineers, tour managers and industry executives teach classes in marketing, promotion, social media, technology and entrepreneurship.

Musicians continue to struggle to get royalties, so Gigi Johnson, executive director at the Maremel Institute, a California-based media consultant, spends a lot of time teaching students how to exploit social-media data to make more informed decisions about marketing music to fans.

"Some of my music students have 50,000 YouTube fans, but don't know what to do with them," Ms Johnson said. She teaches her students how to discern the "psychographics" of fans from back-end diagnostics: where do fans hang out? How do they see themselves, and where do they eat? This data can be used to create targeted sponsorship campaigns with specific brands, she says.

To read the full article, click here.

gigiGigi Johnson, as Executive Director of the Maremel Institute, explores how technology is transforming media, creative industries, education, and our shared expectations for the future. Maremel advises organizations and creates learning programs to help university leaders, media executives, and creative professionals rethink how to thrive under new technologies and business models.

She speaks extensively and teaches part-time at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, focusing on digital disruption of creative industries. She has enjoyed teaching as well for five years with University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain and at the launch of the new creative industries program at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi. Until 2005, she had been Executive Director of the UCLA Anderson’s Entertainment and Media Management Institute.  Before joining UCLA in 1999, she had been SVP/Managing Director at Bank of America, where she spent most of a decade in their Entertainment/Media practice, financing M&A in changing media industries.

Johnson received her doctorate in education/media studies from Fielding Graduate University, her MBA from UCLA Anderson, and her BA in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California. She is a member of the Interactive Peer Group in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and actively involved in many research and industry organizations.

Tags: Media psychology, educational leadership, Marketing, social media, digital learning, fielding graduate university

New Book by Fielding Faculty Member Jean-Pierre Isbouts, DLitt, Shatters the Myths of the 'Mona Lisa'

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Nov 07, 2013

New Book Shatters the Myths of the ‘MONA LISA’

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Claims that a newly discovered canvas is the original version;       the Louvre portrait is an allegory of the Madonna.

Mona Lisa canvas recently discovered in a Swiss vault is the true likeness of a Florentine merchant’s wife, whereas the Mona Lisa in the Louvre is actually an allegorical representation of Mary, known as the Madonna Annunziata.

These are two of several new revelations about the world’s most famous portrait, presented in the book The Mona Lisa Myth by National Geographic bestselling author Jean-Pierre Isbouts and his co-author, art connoisseur Christopher Brown. Isbouts, a resident of Santa Monica, CA is a doctoral professor at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA, and the author of several National Geographic bestsellers, including The Biblical World (2007) and In the Footsteps of Jesus (2012).

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On Saturday December 7, 2013, during a special press event in Beverly Hills, these and other revelations will be presented in detail as described in the new book "The Mona Lisa Myth." A motion picture based on the book is currently in production at Pantheon Studios of Santa Monica. 



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Book Summary

Using a combination of digital imaging, source criticism and archival sleuthing, the book shatters many of the “myths” about Leonardo da Vinci’s signature portraitsOne of these is the actual identity of the woman in the portrait. “Over the past three decades, historians have suggested a host of other Renaissance ladies,” says Brown, an art connoisseur and Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon with a key expertise in interpreting faces; “but new evidence has put all these theories to rest. The Mona Lisa (The Earlier Version) is a silk merchant’s wife, Lisa del Giocondo—period.”

The book also reveals that Leonardo was coerced to paint the Mona Lisa (The Earlier Version)Mona Lisa Myth Book Cover portrait in order to secure the support of Lisa’s husband, Francesco, in the maestro’s bid to win a large contract from the city of Florence. This Mona Lisa portrait, the authors argue, is now in Switzerland, having recently emerged from obscurity in a Swiss vault. But the most astonishing claim in the book is that the second version of the portrait, now in the Louvre Museum in Paris, is actually an allegory on the mystery of motherhood, propelled by Leonardo’s lifelong fascination with the Madonna motif.

“Starting with his anatomical studies of female cadavers in Florence in 1507,” Isbouts says, “Leonardo became obsessed with discovering the ultimate mystery of medieval times, long forbidden by the Church: how a woman conceives and nurtures life in her womb.” This question would preoccupy Leonardo for the remainder of his life, Isbouts claims, and inspire his last great works: de St. Anne, the Leda and the Swan, and a second version of the Mona Lisa (Louvre version) . “All explore both the psychology and physicality of motherhood,” he adds, “fully informed by the allegorical power of the medieval Madonna.”

Among others, the authors point to the discovery of a thin gauzy veil over the lady’s head and shoulders in detailed X-rays produced by the Louvre museum. “In medieval Italy, thisguarnello was usually worn by pregnant women and thus became a key attribute of the Virgin Mary,” Brown says.  

The book has been optioned by Pantheon Studios of Santa Monica and is currently being filmed on location in and around Florence, Italy. The screenplay for the film is written by Isbouts, who has directed a number of documentaries including Charlton Heston’s Voyage Through the Bible with Charlton Heston; Van Gogh Revisited starring Leonard Nimoy; andWalt: the Man Behind the Myth, narrated by Dick van Dyke.

“The Mona Lisa Myth” motion picture is slated for release in March, 2014.

The Mona Lisa Myth is published by Brown & Pantheon. In addition to print, the book is also available in Kindle and iPad versions from Amazon and Apple. Worldwide rights are represented by Global Lion Intellectual Property Management.

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Fielding's Media Psychology Program Founder, Bernard Luskin, Named President at Moorpark College

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Sep 04, 2013

describe the image Bernard Luskin, PhD, took over the helm at Moorpark College of the Ventura County Community College District in California as interim president  with the goal of having him serve until the appointment of a permanent president in the summer of 2014.

Click here to view the full Moorpark College press release:

Bernard Luskin:

Bernard Luskin, PhD, was selected by University Business Magazine as one who has had exceptional careers in both education and corporate life. He is also a licensed psychotherapist, with degrees in business and a UCLA doctorate in education and technology.

A former college and university president, Luskin has been president of Orange Coast College, founding president of Coastline Community College, including KOCE TV in Orange County, California and founding chancellor of Jones International University, the first accredited, fully web-based university and founding CEO of Touro University Worldwide. He continues as director of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community College Leadership Legacy Project, served as Executive Vice President and COO of the American Association of Community Colleges and received the Bellweather Award for his leadership in community colleges. He has taught at UCLA, USC, Claremont Graduate University, Pepperdine University, Touro University, California State Universities at Fullerton and Los Angeles, and other colleges and universities.

While at Fielding Graduate University he launched the first PhD program in media psychology and with UCLA he launched the MA degree program in Media Psychology and Social Change.

He also served on the Accrediting Commission for Collegiate Schools of Business and as founding chair and board member of HiTechHi, LA, a California Distinguished Charter School.

Luskin has been president and CEO of major divisions of Fortune 50 and 500 companies, including Philips Interactive Media, PolyGram New Media, Philips Education and Reference Publishing and Jones International, including Mind Extension University, Knowledge TV, and Jones Education Networks. He has authored 10 best-selling books on economics, technology and education and produced award-winning television series and CDs. While president of Philips Interactive Media, Luskin partnered Philips with Paramount Studios to produce the first 50 movies in MPEG format CD, leading to DVD. He is credited with spearheading breakthroughs in many areas of interactive technology including the world’s first interactive CD programs such as Sesame Street, Grolier's and Compton's Encyclopedias and the first interactive mystery movie, Voyeur, starring Robert Culp.

Luskin received two Emmys, distinguished leadership and alumni awards from the UCLA Doctoral Alumni Association, California State University at Los Angeles and The University of Florida. He also received lifetime achievement awards from the Irish Government and the European Union for his contributions to education and digital media. Luskin is the recipient of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to Media Psychology from the American Psychological Association and is the President Elect of the The Society of Media Psychology and Technology, the Media Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. He publishes a regular column for Psychology Today Magazine titled, The Media Psychology Effect.

Tags: Media psychology, higher education, fielding graduate university

Review of The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology in CHOICE Magazine, August 2013

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Aug 20, 2013

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It is indisputable that media is by far the most common means by which human beings spend our free time in the modern world.

However, the ubiquity of media in our lives brings with it advantages and disadvantages along with uncertainty: will increased dependence on media impair our social functioning, enhance it, or both? The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology explores facets of human behavior, thoughts, and feelings experienced in the context of media use and creation. Divided into six sections, chapters in this volume trace the history of media psychology; address content areas for media research, including children’s media use, media violence and desensitization, sexual content, video game violence, and portrayals of race and gender; and cover psychological and physical effects of media such as serious games, games for health, technology addictions, and video games and attention. A section on meta-issues in media psychology brings together transportation theory, media psychophysiology, social influence in virtual worlds, and learning through persuasion. Other topics include the politics of media psychology, a lively debate about the future of media psychology methods, and the challenges and opportunities present in this interdisciplinary field.

Authored by top experts from psychology, communications, and related fields, this handbook presents a vibrant map of the field of media psychology.

The Handbook was edited by Fielding Graduate University faculty member Karen Dill, PhD.  Several Fielding faculty members authored chapters for the Handbook, including: Jean-Pierre Isbouts, DLitt, Jason Ohler, PhD, Regina Tuma,PhD, Don Polkinghorne, PhD, Janet de Merode, PhD, and  Pamela Rutledge, PhDFielding media psychology alumni, Ellen Derwin and Janet DeMerode, wrote chapters, as did student Michael Neal.

The following review appeared in the August 2013 issue of CHOICE magazine:

The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology, edited by Karen E. Dill. Oxford, 2013:

This volume collects with precision essays from leading scholars on media psychology to present a comprehensive look at the foundations, history, methodology, and contemporary issues facing the field.  Dill's introduction to the volume uses historic and current media issues to provide a set of coordinates for the book, and the chapters on the foundation and definition of the field should be required reading for all media scholars. The book comprehensively covers classic areas of describe the imagestudy for media scholars, including violence and sexuality, ethnic portrayals, and persuasion. It presents quantitative and qualitative perspectives on these topics; the last five chapters discuss larger meta-issues that get little attention in journal publications.  The one reservation arises in chapter 9 due to the authors' snarky comment that "intelligent people still doubt the effects" of media violence on aggression.  Such writing presents a straw man argument that slights those who do not see the media violence debate as closed.  This is a masterful volume that frames the field of study well.  It will be a prominent volume in the "Oxford Library of Psychology" series, highlighting the topic's increased importance within the social sciences.  Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division  undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. -- N  D. Bowman, West Virginia University

"Choice," 50, no. 11 (August 2013): 96.

Tags: Media psychology, psychology, higher education, fielding graduate university, graduate education

Fielding Faculty, Jerri Lynn Hogg, PhD, Named President Elect of APA Division 46

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Aug 07, 2013

Jerri Lynn 72 dpi resized 600Fielding Graduate University Faculty Member and Alumna (PSY '09), Jerri Lynn Hogg, PhD, Named President Elect of APA Division 46, The Society for Media Psychology and Technology 

Division 46 was founded in the 1980s to bring scholars, researchers, practitioners, and clinicians together to understand the implications of mediated communications and the increasing integration of media technologies across society.The rapid change in the media landscape in the last 20 years highlights the importance of media psychology to understand the psychological impact of human interaction with media technologies across society and around the globe. This makes the field of media psychology an exciting and continually evolving field that touches every aspect of life, from business, entertainment and leisure to education and healthcare.

Passionate about social media, technology, and digital environments, Hogg researches and consults on how we communicate, connect, and find balance in changing environments. As a psychologist she applies theory, practice, and research to humanizing the technological landscape and digital experience.

Hogg is a senior research fellow at the Media Psychology Research Center, a research and consulting organization helping companies create positive and effective media, messaging, and technology. Hogg is also an international presenter and consultant examining the cultural influence on human behavior and digital media, virtual communities and worlds, connection through social media communities, the psychology behind effective communication design, new and changing learning communities, and how to create solid user experience design.  

Hogg is also a faculty member of Fielding Graduate University's Media Psychology program and the University of Hartford’s Psychology department, curriculum design consultant at Bay Path College, and an instructor of media psychology, audience profiling, and narrative media for UCLA Extension and UC Irvine Extension Business School. 

She also authors a blog for Psychology called “The Digital Life”. 

Tags: Media psychology, APA, fielding graduate university