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Media Psychology Programs

Fielding’s Media Psychology programs enable students to enter at their qualification, readiness and goal levels. The PhD in Media Psychology program provides a research-based program that informs practice in an evolving field of study. The Masters of Arts in Media Psychology is 100% online, applies psychological science to media and technology landscapes. The 3-course Certificate in Media Psychology program is also 100% online, and offers emphases in Media Neuroscience and Brand Psychology & Audience Engagement.

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Keynote: Ellen Peters ``Statistics stalking and the highly numerate in the time of COVID-19``

Recorded Thursday, July 16, 2020, 8 - 9 am (Pacific Time)
Ellen Peters, PhD

Ellen Peters, PhD

Director of the Center for Science Communication Research
Dr. Ellen Peters is the Philip H. Knight Chair and Director of the Center for Science Communication Research in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. She studies the basic building blocks of human judgment and decision making and their links with effective communication techniques. She is particularly interested in how affective, intuitive, and deliberative processes help people perceive risks and make decisions.  She has published about 150 peer-reviewed papers in outlets such as Psychological Science, PNAS, JAMA, Annual Review of Public Health, and Nature Climate Change. She is former President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. She has worked extensively with federal agencies to advance decision and communication sciences in health and health policy, including being Chair of FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee and member of the NAS’s Science of Science Communication committee. She has been awarded the Jane Beattie Scientific Recognition Award and an NIH Group Merit Award. Finally, she has received extensive funding from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

Keynote Talk: Statistics stalking and the highly numerate in the time of COVID-19 (8AM Thursday, July 16)

Numeracy skills will be crucial to emerging as successfully as possible from the COVID-19 pandemic.  From understanding infection rates and antibody test results to managing ongoing financial and health issues, numeracy skills are crucial. Does being objectively numerate (having high numeric literacy) mean that citizens understand and react more appropriately to the inevitable uncertainty and complications in this pandemic? How much have people paid attention to coronavirus statistics and how have those who stalk the statistics reacted to this crisis? To answer these and other questions, we conducted a nationwide longitudinal survey starting early in the pandemic (mid-February 2020) and examined pre-registered and exploratory hypotheses.

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Innumeracy in the Wild

Innumeracy in the Wild

Misunderstanding and Misusing Numbers

Ellen Peters

  • Provides an up-to-date review of the growing research on numeracy
  • Highlights how numeracy evidence can be employed to enable those who are less comfortable with numbers to use them more effectively and make stronger choices
  • Explores how individual differences in numeric competencies affect decisions and life outcomes
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