Media Psychology - What is it?
Media psychology is a specialty within the academic discipline of psychology that focuses on the relationship between media, communication, technology, and human behavior. The relationship that exists between humans and media is fascinating and dynamic and we need to understand it and use it wisely.
Why It Matters
Media psychologists can contribute to the world in fundamental ways. Media can influence aggression, contribute to loneliness and anxiety, incite jealousy and shame, and fear. But it is also a tremendously powerful tool that can also teach, inform, help, empower and, if used in the right ways, have an opportunity to connect, support, and change the world.
It is a blend of art and science, truly.
The field of media psychology seeks to advance the scientific study on the relationship between media, communication, and technology, on human and social behavior by conducting rigorous scientific research and study that is published in peer-reviewed journals and disseminate accurate information to the public in ways that are accurate, helpful, and effective.
And the application of research into informed practices and interventions that are effective in managing individuals’ mental health. Additionally, media psychologists can reach underserved communities and populations and those who can’t afford mental health support by offering online support and resources.
What is a Media Psychologist?
A media psychologist is a doctoral-level psychologist who has a specialization in the relationship between media and human behavior. A delicate dance indeed…
“There are many branches and subspecialties a media psychologist can assume …Media psychologists wear multiple hats.”