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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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Video Games during the Pandemic

Our panel of four experts with a moderator will consider topics related to how gaming fits into adjustment to social distancing and lockdowns and whether there are any concerns for parents or gaming individuals.

During the pandemic, many people, youth and adults alike, have turned to video games to get their social and autonomy needs met during this unusual time. This has led both to significant praise for video games but also some scholars renewed concerns about pathological gaming. For instance, the World Health Organization was part of an effort to encourage people to play video games even as they forge ahead with a “gaming disorder” diagnosis. Our panel of four experts with a moderator will consider topics related to how gaming fits into adjustment to social distancing and lockdowns and whether there are any concerns for parents or gaming individuals. Our panel will be informal, consisting of discussion between panelists with significant time maintained for Q&A from the audience.

Panelists: Christopher Ferguson, Rachel Kowert, Linda Kaye, Mark Smyth

Moderator: Jerri Lynn Hogg

Date, Time & Location: Thu, July 16, 2020. 9:30 – 10:15 am (PT) — Room 1

Chris Ferguson, PhD

Chris Ferguson, PhD

Professor of Psychology at Stetson University
Rachel Kowert, PhD

Rachel Kowert, PhD

Research Director of "Take This"
Pete Etchells, PhD

Pete Etchells, PhD

Bath Spa University
Mark Smyth, PhD

Mark Smyth, PhD

President of the Psychological Society of Ireland
Jerri Lynn Hogg, PhD

Jerri Lynn Hogg, PhD

Program Director of Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University
Linda K. Kaye, PhD

Linda K. Kaye, PhD

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Edge Hill University