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2021-2022 Catalog

FYS 122 Psychology and the Media

The media has powerful effects on our beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. In turn, psychology can help us understand how we consume and relate to the media. This seminar will introduce students to the wide variety of ways in which media and psychology interact. Selected topics include advertising and persuasion, self-help forums and mobile health, news coverage of psychology-related stories, media depictions of violence, and how psychopathology is (mis)portrayed in various media outlets.