Sophie H. Janicke
Sophie H. Janicke, Ph.D., is a positive media psychologist, now an assistant professor in media psychology at Chapman University, who investigates the role that new and traditional media play in promoting and affecting character development, self-transcendent emotions (such as elevation, gratitude, and awe), prosocial behavior, and happiness. Her research and teaching focus is on positive psychology, media and new communication technologies, and media and spirituality. Outside of academia, she writes a blog about the role technologies play in increasing our well-being, called link textRewire Happiness, and implements workshops on mindfulness and work-life balance at universities and corporations.
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Articles: Who Is Attracted to Inspiring Media?By Sophie H. Janicke | September 13, 2016
New research reveals how our media choices reflect and shape our mood and behavior.
Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.
A new review of many studies suggests that our personality isn't as unchangeable as we think.
Do you see happiness as within your control to improve? A new study has linked this belief to empathy.
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