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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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Sandy Hook Tragedy Sparks Social Media Avalanche by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness The Sandy Hook tragedy has created an avalanche of response across social media.   The senseless violence has so outraged and shocked people that is has turned observers i ... Read on »
The Chris Brown Rule: Think Before Tweeting @#!! by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Some celebrities are masters at using Twitter to build a fan base.  Others, like Chris Brown, suffer from not understanding the potential impact of failing to think first, ... Read on »
Giving Thanks for What We Have by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Thanksgiving is a time to look around and be grateful for what we have and to celebrate the richness and opportunities in our lives.  Sometimes it helps to be reminded of ... Read on »
The Positive Side of Video Games: Part III by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Many people have the image of video games as socially isolating, if not psychologically addicting. Yet, like my friend Kristin demonstrated when she joined her son in th ... Read on »
The Positive Side of Video Games: Part II by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Video games have been at the forefront of interactive media and continue to be a significant part of the participatory media environment.  The thought of a video game stil ... Read on »
The Positive Side of Video Games: Part I by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Worried About Video Games?  It’s time to exhale.  Video games often get a bad rap, but it’s time we give them a little more credit.  Video games and interactive media can ... Read on »
The Batman Shooter: Can We Blame the Lack of Social Media? by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness As people make sense of the senseless, like what is being called the Colorado Massacre or the Batman Shooting, we try to find an explanation. The world is a very scary p ... Read on »
New MA in Media Psychology at MSPP.edu by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness I’m excited to announce the new Master’s program in Media Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP). The program was developed by g ... 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 »
Revising Maslow’s Hierarchy for a Socially-Connected World by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness In my November 2011 Psychology Today post “What Maslow Misses,” I argued that Maslow’s popular Hierarchy of Needs pyramid undervalues the role of social connection in huma ... Read on »
Media Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist or Media Personality? by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness I get lots of questions about media psychology, such as ‘What is media psychology?’ and ‘What does a media psychologist do?’ A big stumbling block is the common understand ... Read on »
Does ‘No Such Thing As Bad Publicity’ Apply To Psychologists? by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness The ethical questions surrounding psychologists who appear in the mass media are emotionally-loaded and subject to much debate.  But we also have to realize that there rea ... 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 »
#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 »
Whitney Houston: Celebrate Now, Look for Answers Later by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness The loss of someone as young and accomplished as Whitney Houston always gives us pause, no matter what the circumstances.  We can see fans, friends, and family try to co ... Read on »
Shooting Your Kid’s Laptop Is No Solution to Media Literacy by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness The North Carolina dad who shot his daughter’s laptop in a YouTube video shows the critical need to teach media literacy to our kids.  You may see the dad as a hero or an ... Read on »
SOPA and PIPA: Whose rights are we protecting? by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness One of many anti-SOPA web pleas The NY Times article ( In Fight Over Piracy Bills, New Economy Rises Against Old ) by Jonathan Weisman on the proposed anti-piracy ... Read on »
Communicating the Value of a College Education by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness The following are the notes from my presentation as part of a panel on “Communicating in the New Normal” at the College Board 2012 Colloquium held in Newport Beach, CA Jan ... Read on »
Dangerous Method: Engaging but Not Satisfying by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness The film, A Dangerous Method , is an ambitious effort to portray the complex and tumultuous evolution of the relationships and theories among the father of psychoanalysi ... Read on »
Transmedia Storytelling: Meaning Comes from the Ability to Share, Explore, and Discover by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Transmedia storytelling is not just for telling stories. Thanks to social technologies, the principles that drive transmedia storytelling ensure that it will emerge as the ... Read on »