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.
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…
Why Does It Matter?
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’s 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 of the relationship between media, communication and technology and human social behavior. Rigorous scientific research and study is published in peer-reviewed journals; media psychologists disseminate information to the public in ways that are accurate, helpful, and effective.
Media psychology also focuses on the application of research into informed practices and interventions that are effective in managing individuals’ mental health. And media psychologists can reach underserved communities and populations and those who can’t afford mental health support by offering online support and resources.