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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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New Release: Global Mobile: Applications and Innovations for the Worldwide Mobile Ecosystem by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness I am very proud and honored to have contributed a chapter to the newly published  Global Mobile: Applications and Innovations for the Worldwide Mobile Ecosystem . Thanks ... Read on »
Social Media & Relationship: 7 Myths by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Humans are social animals.  The need to connect is a primal drive.  Even our most basic needs, such as food and safety, have always been accomplished by huma ... 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 »
Low GPAs May Increase Social Media Use by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Wait.  What? Low GPAs cause increased social media use?  That doesn’t make any sense–or does it? A recent study in the journal Emerging Adulthood reports findings on the ... Read on »
The Popularity of #Selfies: Narcissism or Self-Exploration? by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Selfies are pictures you take of yourself tagged with #selfie or just with #me. They are showing up all across social networks like Facebook or Instagram —often but not ... Read on »
How Obama Won the Social Media Battle in the 2012 Presidential Campaign by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness The 2008 Obama Presidential campaign made history.  Not only was Obama the first African American to be elected president, but he was also the first presidential candidate ... Read on »
Social Media Doesn’t Have to Make Breaking Up Harder to Do by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Moving on emotionally after a break-up is hard, with or without social media.  But the easy access and speed of social media sites, like Facebook, can make it easier to to ... Read on »
Fake and Funny: Twitter as Interactive Performance Art by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness In spite of Facebook’s prominence in the social media ecosystem, Twitter is becoming a central source for breaking news. From natural disasters to political campaigning, T ... Read on »
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 »