Gina Putt

About Gina Putt

Gina Barrett Putt holds a Master's degree in Sociology from the University of South Alabama and has taught both psychology and sociology at the college level. She possesses experience in housing, gerontology, mental health, and in education. Ms. Putt currently works in case management, and writes for several online venues, focusing on social science and education topics.

Gina has written articles on a variety of topics, including the award-winning "Mental Heuristics or Brain Shortcuts" and "Evidence for ESP? Bem and Anti-Mentalism" on Suite 101. Her eHow articles elucidate social science topics such as "Space Exploration and Social Factors" and "Models of Qualitative Research." Gina's book reviews and other thoughts are on her new website, Socological Musings.
Gina also develops socially savvy gifts and office products at"

Real Beauty Campaigns: Postfeminism or Clever Marketing?

little girl with lipstick

Is the relationship between women and beauty products changing? The popularity of the song Try by Colbie Caillat raises questions about women’s attitudes toward natural beauty and toward companies selling makeup and other “beauty products.” In the video, women wearing little or no make-up are featured as the artist sings “You don’t have to try […]

Time Alone to Think: A Painful Activity?

Meditation provides subjective wellbeing. Image by Andulusia.

Do you enjoy time alone with your thoughts? Research found some people want distraction so much that they’ll self-administer an electric shock to avoid thinking.

The Needs of Immigrant Children Crossing the Border

Immigrant children may suffer from PTSD. Image by puravida.

Immigrant kids crossing the U.S. border don’t just need food, shelter, and school. Fleeing from violence means the children also need psychological support.

Justina Pelletier: The Role of Child Protective Services in Medical Child Abuse

Medical child abuse is a less common type of child abuse. Image by imelonchon.

Was Justina Pelletier victimized by her parents – or by Child Protective Services? Doctors must report suspected abuse, but 16 months is a long time for a teenager and her family.

Facebook News Feed Manipulation: Are Online Emotions Contagious?

Facebook emotions are contagious. Image by dhester.

Did Facebook manipulate your news feed in 2012? Social media giant experimented on users and found that happy posts make us happier and vice versa.