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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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Video: Seismic Cultural Shifts in a Globally Connected World by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness My friend Bret Morstad submitted this great video, called “The Message” to TED. It speaks to the seismic shifts in culture and psychology that innovations in technology a ... Read on »
The Psychology of Social Media that Fuels Social Change by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Whether or not Egyptian President Mubarak steps down as protestors demand, it’s clear that Egyptian society has undergone a cataclysmic shift.  Much of this shift is du ... Read on »
Stories are the Antidote to Information Overload by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Real Time Information Puts a Premium on Meaning What does it mean when we have real time on-demand information? It means there is no longer an information shortage. ... 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 »
Transmedia Storytelling: The Psychological Power of Story by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness As I wrote in my last post “ Transmedia Storytelling: The Reemergence of Fundamentals “, Transmedia storytelling is very exciting, but it isn’t new.  It is the ultimate ... Read on »
Lowlifes: Transmedia Crime Mystery Story by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Calling all mystery buffs:  thanks to  Transmedia producer Robert Pratten and colleagues, you can experience a transmedia Crime Mystery.  Transmedia stories usually make ... Read on »
Transmedia Storytelling: The Reemergence of Fundamentals by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness A version of this was published in Psychology Today “Positively Media” Transmedia storytelling is one of the most exciting developments to hit entertainment, brandin ... Read on »
The Psychology Behind Why the iPad Didn’t Kill the Kindle by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Amazon succeeds because their strategy catches the psychological fundamentals that drive consumer behavior, not short-term infatuation with bells and whistles. Whe ... 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 »
The Psychology of the First Modern Revolution by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness We are experiencing a great revolution—the First Modern Revolution– the result of a seismic shift in individual and group psychologies that come from the development and u ... Read on »
The Big Switch: Trading in my BlackBerry for a Droid by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness So it comes to this: I am part of the silent revolution. Technology has changed our fundamental expectations about how things should work. One of those things is acces ... Read on »
Jump-Start Your Thanksgiving Spirit with the New T-Mobile Video by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Warning: T-Mobile Video May Cause Spontaneously Bursts of Smiling. (Previously published on the PsychologyToday blog “Positively Media.” ) As you gear up for Th ... Read on »
Four Ways Social Media Is Redefining Activism by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Previously published on PsychologyToday.com in “Positively Media” In a recent New Yorker column , author Malcolm Gladwell argues that social media is not redefin ... 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 »
Who Wants More Reality? by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Kids with augmented reality planets Previously published on Psychology Today.com “Positively Media” ———- Sometimes when new technology is introduced, you ... Read on »
Research Survey Launched: Social Media and Influence of Photos on Body Image by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Social media has changed how people get information and communicate in many ways. We are not just consumers of media. With social media and new technology and tools, we ... Read on »
Vote with Your Eyeballs for Positive Media Content by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Where you look matters.  Media producers count eyeballs and show you what you will watch.  Let’s celebrate achievement, such as the fifth grade chorus from Staten Isla ... Read on »
How Media Psychology Contributes to Ergonomics by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness I received the following thoughtful question: Human factors are investigated under the scientific discipline called Ergonomics for comprehending human cognition, or ... Read on »
Overcoming Conflict by Seeing Others by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness This Cisco ad captures what I hope media can do to bring countries and cultures together: linking people, especially children, real time.   There’s no reason, given the te ... Read on »
I’m ready for my iPhone 4; so is junaio Glue by Dr. Erik G. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness I’m still waiting for my iPhone 4 to ship.  I do have some trepidations because 1) I hate to be a guinea pig with the first generation of any technology, and 2) I’m hearin ... Read on »