Theory of Mind – The Movie Magic in You

A guest post from Tawny Tsang and Psychology in Action Film stands out as a particularly effective medium in conveying psychology to the public. This year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture provide numerous examples of psychological phenomenon—PTSD in American Sniper, adolescent development in Boyhood, and psychological control in Whiplash.  These films will make you laugh (The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman), make you cry (The Imitation Game; Selma; The Theory of Everything), all while temporarily pulling you into the respective world each film creates. Although much is to be said about having a talented cast and crew, the audience plays…

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Internet and the teen brain: what do we know, and what should we be asking?

This article was first posted on Psychology in Action, written by my talented colleague Lauren Sherman who is doing fascinating research with the Children’s Digital Media Center@LA, UCLA.   Teenagers—and more specifically, their brains—are having something of a moment in the psychological literature and popular press. Noninvasive imaging tools like fMRI allow us to peek at adolescents’ cognition in real time, and to build a better understanding of the brain’s developing structure. You may be familiar with research suggesting that the brain continues to mature well into the 20’s, and that some of the last regions to complete this maturation…

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