January 18, 2020

Liss, Erchull Study Highlighted in Psychology Journal

Professor of Psychological Science Miriam Liss

Professor of Psychological Science Mindy Erchull

Professor of Psychological Science Mindy Erchull

Psychological Science Professors Miriam Liss and Mindy Erchull’s research on selfie behaviors, self-objectification and depressive behaviors in women was recently published in the psychology journal, Sex Roles. Women are given the message that they are valued for their physical attractiveness above other qualities, and the study examines how self-objectification interplays with online behaviors.

“I have been collaborating with Mindy Erchull on issues related to objectification theory for several years. I had also begun to be interested in the effects of social media on people’s experiences and had recently taught a senior seminar on the topic,” said Liss, the study’s lead author.

“[We] became interested in how objectification relates to experiences with social media — particularly Instagram, which is a platform that is based on posting visual images. Other studies on the topic had largely looked at how feelings of self-objectification can be a consequence of social media. We wanted to look at how self-objectification can change how one behaves when taking and posting selfies.” Read more.

Instagram selfie photo manipulation linked to depressive symptoms in women (PsyPost.org)

Is Santa real? Here’s advice on how to handle a difficult question when kids ask (Naples Daily News; Wisconsin State Farmer)

Liss Speaks to USA Today Affiliates About Talking to Kids About Santa

Professor of Psychological Science Miriam Liss

Professor of Psychological Science Miriam Liss shared her expertise in an article for two USA Today affiliates, Naples Daily News and Wisconsin State Farmer, on how to talk to children who ask questions about Santa Claus. She said parents often realize children are ready when they ask such questions as:

“How can Santa get into the house without a chimney? How does he travel all over the world in only one night?

She said the best way to handle these questions is to answer them with more questions to gauge the child’s thinking:

What do you think? Do you think it’s possible?

‘Kids who are ready will show that they’re ready,’ Liss said. If they’re not ready for the truth, Liss continued, then they’ll come up with their own explanation to keep the magic alive.” Read more. 

Liss Interviewed for Outside Magazine on Women Anglers’ Portrayal on Instagram

Professor of Psychology Miriam Liss

Professor of Psychology Miriam Liss was interviewed for an article in Outside magazine titled “How Instagram Became Divisive for Female Fly-Fishers.” The article explains how some female fly-fishers are frustrated with companies hiring inexperienced women anglers as influencers, while, at the same time, the influencers are trying to defend themselves and their abilities to their peers. Liss says, “It’s hard for women to negotiate hypermasculine environments. You become a token. All your activities are highly scrutinized, and if you mess up, it’s seen as if all women are incapable of fly-fishing.” Read more. 

How Instagram Became Divisive for Female Fly-Fishers (Outside)

Experts Suggest That The Phenomenon Of Intensive Parenting May Be An Intensive Mistake (Baby Gaga)

UMW theater students teach stage skills to school-aged children (The Free Lance-Star)

Miriam Liss and Holly Schiffrin, “Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family, and Life” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014)

Miriam Liss and Holly Schiffrin Book Featured on Player FM

Miriam Liss and Holly Schiffrin, “Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family, and Life” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014)

Balancing work and a personal life can be a challenge for many of us, and we often make things worse by buying into myths that interfere with our effectiveness and happiness but are unsupported by social science.

https://player.fm/series/new-books-network-2421422/miriam-liss-and-holly-schiffrin-balancing-the-big-stuff-finding-happiness-in-work-family-and-life-rowman-and-littlefield-2014