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Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy

Specialty: Clinical Psychology
Boston, Massachusetts
Dr. Erik Gregory is Executive Director of the Media Psychology Research Center. He specializes in positive psychology, a field that examines healthy human functioning such as courage, hope, optimism, and happiness. He has worked internationally with children and adolescents as a psychotherapist... Full Bio
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#RIP Twitter Celebrity Death Hoaxes by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Twitter has been teeming with celebrity death hoaxes; the #RIP hashtag has been attached to Tweets about the untimely demise of celebrities from Chris Brown and Cher to ... Read on »
‘Pointless humor’ Isn’t Pointless: It Rewires & Inspires Us by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness As I told Carrie Cummings from OMMA (interview  excerpted below),  I so rarely get asked questions about the positive side of social media or the Internet, it was a j ... Read on »
“Did You Know” Version 4: Media Convergence by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness A reader of the PT blog let me know that there is a new version of the “Did You Know” video. It really summarizes the convergence of media technologies in a powerful ... Read on »
10 Keys to Good Interactive Apps for Pre-schoolers by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Social media has redefined “participatory” in all kinds of ways.  Social technologies and easy-to-use tools have changed fundamental assumptions about how we interact wi ... Read on »
15 Techno-Cultural Trends for 2011 by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Previously Published in Psychology Today “Positively Media.” 2011 will be the year when technology takes a back seat to human experience.  In 2010, people grappled w ... Read on »
5 Keys for Social Media Marketing Using Storytelling by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness A story is the center of every successful social media marketing campaign. Effective campaigns are not about the tools. They are about substance. Stories provide an aut ... Read on »
5 Reasons Why Sharing Regrets Online Can Help by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Life is full of choices. When things don’t go as we plan or hoped, we feel regret. It is a common and universal experience. At the risk of stating the obvious, regret is c ... Read on »
5 Steps to a Successful Social Media or Transmedia Marketing or Advocacy Campaign by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness At the center of every successful social media and transmedia marketing or advocacy campaign is a story that reflects universal values and aspirations. A story is the mo ... Read on »
8 Ways Selfies Can Make Your Life Better by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness It’s rare to read an article about selfies, Millennials or Facebook without narcissism making an appearance in the first paragraph. No wonder people, especially parent ... Read on »
Adobe Report: Creativity & Education by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Adobe published a report on the need for more creativity in education ( Creativity in Education: Why it Matters ), polling college-educated people with full time employm ... Read on »
All The World Is A Story by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Transmedia storytelling is rapidly becoming the new ‘must have’ in marketing and entertainment.  Its adoption is slowed, however, by the confusion over what exactly it is. ... Read on »
AR for Business Cards: Barcode Becomes iCode by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness I love augmented reality (AR)*. I love the unseen potential and the mind warp of converging realities. While I readily confess to being a tech-nerd, I am not particularl ... Read on »
Augmented Reality on the Big(ger) Screen by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness iPad 4.0?  I’m ready now!  Gary Hayes sent me the link to his video on YouTube illustrating the augmented reality (AR) experience would be on an iPad-sized screen. It is ... Read on »
Augmented Reality: Beyond Usability with Flow and Narrative Transportation by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Augmented reality applications are unique in that because they project virtual information into a user’s physical environment, they effectively blend real and virtual. The ... Read on »
Augmented Reality: Real Life with Toppings by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Published previously on Positively Media Blog on Psychology Today. Care to try on a dress, take your picture in a virtual Mardi Gras mask, or figure out what size b ... Read on »
BattleKasting a Path to Literacy by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Entrepreneur Alane Adams worries that kids don’t read enough.  This, along with some nudging from her son, inspired her to put pen to paper and create the fantasy book serie ... Read on »
Behavioral Targeting: Violating Transparency by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Behavioral Targeting: Redefining Net Neutrality Behavioral targeting gives a whole new meaning to net neutrality. It violates the foundations of a social media e ... Read on »
Binge Viewing: Consumer Empowerment Not Addiction by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness The problem with binge viewing is that it isn’t really a problem.  It represents another shift of control from producers to consumers thanks to technology.  It also viola ... Read on »
Brain Plasticity and Adapting to Change by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness This is a great clip from “On the Brain” with Dr. Michael Merzenich interviewing Dr. Bruce Wexler. Wexler wrote the book Brain and Culture —one of my favorites.  In this ... Read on »
Can Selfies Redefine Beauty? Dove Thinks So by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness As you may have noticed from previous posts, I am pro-selfie.  Selfies are those pictures you take of yourself with a camera phone and flip around lens.   I’m not in f ... Read on »