Media Psychology focuses on the roles psychologists play in various aspects of the media, including, but not limited to, radio, television, film, video, newsprint, magazines, and newer technologies. 

It seeks to promote:
research into the impact of media on human psychology; 

  • to facilitate interaction between psychology and media representatives; 
  • to enrich the teaching, training, and practice of media psychology; and 
  • to prepare psychologists to interpret psychological research to the lay public and to other professionals.
  • The purpose of Media Psychology is to:
  • disseminate accurate and research-based information to professionals and the public regarding psychological issues in mass media; 
  • assist psychologists to use the media more effectively for informing the public about the science and profession of psychology; 
  • develop a set of theoretical frameworks for the study and practice of media psychology; 
  • support research on the effects of media on the public, and the effectiveness of media in transmitting psychological information; and 
  • encourage adherence to ethical standards and guidelines in the use of media.


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