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Repeat Media Exposure To Trauma Worse Than Being There
Most of us have found ourselves glued to the TV or a Twitter feed in the wake of a disaster — just think, the typhoon in the Philippines, Sandy Hook, 9/11. Although we like to stay informed, new research suggests that such repeat exposure is bad for our mental health.The more hours we follow these traumatic events, the greater the psychological stress caused, according to a new study, which looked at the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombers. Excessive media exposure to the event — 6 or more hours a day — actually led to more trauma than that caused from being at or near the marathon.
Roxane Cohen Silver of the University of California, Irvine, just co-authored a paper of the results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and it has received widespread media coverage, including in USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. SPSP chatted with Silver about the study — which will be a topic of her talk at the SPSP conference in Austin this February. Read the full Q&A.
New Web Editor To Spearhead Improved SPSP Web Presence
Big changes to the SPSP website are coming your way – more blogs, feature stories, and opportunities to share research among personality and social psychologists, as well as with the public. The Society is happy to announce the appointment of a new Web Editor, David Nussbaum, to spearhead this effort.
As SPSP has grown over the last several years, so too has our web presence. But while we launched a new, more dynamic web design in 2011, rapid developments in technologies and social media have again demanded more changes. Read more.
"Spiral of Silence” Makes Climate Change a Taboo Topic this Thanksgiving
So you just read an article about the climate change talks this week in Warsaw. Will you discuss it with your co-workers or over Thanksgiving dinner? Even if climate change is a topic you care about, you may stay silent if you sense that others disagree with you. You can add it to the list of taboo topics: politics, religion, and now, climate change. But the reason why people keep quiet about climate change may surprise you. According to new research, it's not for fear of others not liking you but for fear of being perceived as incompetent.
Janet Swim of Penn State University compares it to the Emperor’s New Clothes, where our planet is the Emperor. "We know there is a problem with the planet but we are not willing to be the one who says something because we don't know why others are not saying anything,” she says. "We may even assume that others don't think there is a problem but in truth we all know there is a problem.”
Read a special feature story about this new work and other research being presented at the SPSP conference in Austin this February on powerful psychological phenomena underlie climate skepticism.