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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 »
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 »
Reverse Mentoring Won’t Work by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness The Wall Street Journal reports that reverse mentoring has finally cracked the workplace so that senior executives can learn more about technology, social media and the ... 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 »
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 »
Social Networks: What Maslow Misses by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Maslow’s hierarchy of needs model, developed in 1948, resonated across many disciplines, from business, technology and education to its field of origin, psychology.   It s ... Read on »
Unlikely Heroes: Resilience with a Dragon Tattoo by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Hollywood’s remake of the film from the bestseller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”is scheduled for release just before Christmas.  It comes on the heels of the 2009 Swed ... Read on »
Transmedia storytelling: It’s the story stupid! by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness We need a new name for ‘transmedia storytelling’. It seems like all the excitement about big transmedia storytelling projects has made it the buzz term du jour. But someho ... Read on »
Transmedia Storytelling Webinar Receives 2011 IMA Award by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness The webinar Dr. Bonnie Buckner and I developed for UCI Extension, “The Power of Transmedia Storytelling: Persuasive Communications Across Emerging Technologies,” won the b ... Read on »
Media Psychology: The ‘Field Whose Time Has Come’ Makes it to Times Square by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Dr. Bernie Luskin founded the very first media psychology doctoral program in the United States (and possibly even the whole world) at Fielding Graduate University . In h ... Read on »
Transmedia Storytelling Raises Awareness for OCD by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Stories are powerful things.  The International OCD Foundation is putting transmedia storytelling to work in its new campaign to raise awareness and overcome stereotypes a ... Read on »
Missouri Takes Aim at Facebook: Who Are We Protecting? by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Social media and Facebook in particular are an emotional powder keg these days.  From anxieties over stalking and child abuse to the potential for terrorism and social unr ... Read on »
Us versus Them? It’s time for “We’re all in this together” by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness The in-flight safety message on a recent Virgin America flight ended with a clever info-cartoon intended to raise awareness of how obnoxious airplane behavior impacts ever ... Read on »
Vote for Me @SxSW 2012 Panel Picker: Brains, Games & Design by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness I am always looking for ways to get people to think about the psychology behind media, mediated communication, and technology. SxSW (South By Southwest or ‘South By’ if yo ... Read on »
Social Media Did Not Cause the London Riots by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness After four days of looting and rioting across the UK, people are looking for answers. The violence that started in London, spread rapidly across not only Greater London, b ... Read on »