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THE ME, MYSELF, AND Is

Plainly put, individuals acquire identities over time, identities whose origins and meanings derive from their interactions with the social groups and organizations that surround them.
~ Psychologists Richard Ryan & Edward Deci, 1977
About multidisciplinarian Mayra Ruiz-McPherson, MA, MFA

In psychology, the self-concept is multilayered and continuously shaped via our life experiences and our shifting relationships with our social groups.

In line with the idea of a layered self-concept, my own multidisciplinary identities are shared below 👇🏾

Psychology, Media, & Technology

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Cyberpsychologist

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Media Psychologist

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Positive Technologist

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POLITICAL ``TECH``OLOGIST

Cyberpsychologist

Exploring human-machine interaction, with special attention to artificial intelligence and algorithmically-driven technologies, to understand the impacts on the human mind and its wellbeing.

Media Psychologist

Applying psychological science to the interaction between people and all forms of media technologies (with a flourishing emphasis on positive media technologies and expertise with social media networks).

Positive Technologist

Studying and designing human-computer interactions for evidence-based well-being interventions, with a benevolent focus on happiness, empathy, and human resilience.

Political “Tech”ologist

Understanding the psychological roots and technological underpinnings influencing political behavior, motivated reasoning, and other dimensions of digital politics.

Neuro Design & Creative

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NEUROAESTHETICS & SEMIOTICS

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CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIST

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GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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ILLUSTRATOR & VISUAL ARTIST

Neuroaesthetics & Semiotics

Designing persuasive experiences by leveraging facets from psychological aesthetics, neuroscience, and human evolution.

Creative Technologist

Enhancing human-centeredness across user experiences and information technology solutions for digital innovation projects in collaboration with production and marketing departments.

Graphic Designer

Producing strong visual communications to aestheticize narratives and information to escalate emotion, relevance, and meaning.

Illustrator & Visual Artist

Depicting, drawing, and otherwise communicating via hand-drawn and traditional methods as much as possible before incorporating digital elements or computerized processes.

Education

Memberships

  • PhD, Media Psychology
    Fielding Graduate University | began January 2020 … in progress
  • MA, Media Psychology
    Fielding Graduate University | 2019
  • MFA, Illustration
    Academy of Art University | graduation 2021
  • BS, Business Administration
    Strayer University | 2017