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SXSW 2012 Psychology Picks: Need Your Vote!

SXSW 2012 Psychology Picks: Need Your Vote!Time is running out to vote for some of your favorite SXSW 2012 Interactive panel ideas through the SXSW panel picker (Friday at midnight is the deadline). Yes, you need to register a free account in order to vote, but it takes only a minute to do so.

I’ve organized a panel again for consideration, as have some other psychologists and professionals. I’ve highlighted three panels I’d like you to vote a big thumbs-up on, if you have a minute today. While people’s votes only constitute 30 percent of how a panel idea is chosen to present at SXSW Interactive, it’s an important part of the process that helps the organizers make the tough decisions.

The panel I’ve proposed is about online therapy. But not your everyday kind of online therapy…

Click on the title links to cast your vote.

Online Therapy… Naked?

    Dr. John Grohol – Psych
    Sarah White – Naked Therapy
    Audrey Jung – Jung Psych Services
    Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes – Gainesville Counseling

Whether you agree or disagree with the premise, I think it makes for an interesting discussion nonetheless. Could Freud have ever imagined that, because of technology, you could potentially transform a therapeutic relationship through the process of becoming unclothed? Freud is either rolling in his grave, or giving two thumbs up for this unique take on how to help people with self-esteem, intimacy and body-image issues. I’m looking forward to getting to better understand naked therapy, and seeing whether it has any potential in the therapeutic realm.

WARNING: Are online reviews bad for your health?

    Jason Schultz – UC Berkeley School of Law
    Dr. Keely Kolmes – Licensed Psychologist
    Neil Bacon – iWantGreatCare
    Vince Sollitto – Yelp
    Jeffrey Segal, M.D., J.D. – Medical Justice

I’m not a big fan of reviewing health professionals online because there are so many scientific problems with collecting and displaying unbiased data — basically, it can’t be done in any reasonable current form. This remains one of the key issues of Health 2.0 websites that collect user data unscientifically, and then analyze that data for trends or information — the data is biased and unreliable. Reviews are great for things that don’t really matter so much, like where to eat. But not so great when you’re making potentially life-changing decisions upon. So I’m looking forward to seeing this panel at SXSW 2012.

Brains, Games & the Consequences of Design

    Dr. Pamela Rutledge

If you’ve ever wondered how the interface you’re designing or using translates into a positive or negative feeling by the end user, this talk will help explode your understanding. Good design isn’t just about color or aesthetics, it’s also about how the brain reacts to what it senses, touches and sees. If you design with what we know about the brain in mind, you’ll likely design for a better user experience. Should be a really interesting panel for both professionals and amateur web designers.

Here is how to vote at SXSWRemember, all you need do to vote is to click on the title link of the presentation, login to the SXSW panel picker website, and then click on the thumbs-up button.

Thank you!

SXSW 2012 Psychology Picks: Need Your Vote!

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder of Psych Central. He is a psychologist, author, researcher, and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues since 1995. Dr. Grohol has a Master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member of the Society for Participatory Medicine. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

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Grohol, J. (2018). SXSW 2012 Psychology Picks: Need Your Vote!. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 1, 2020, from
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