The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology

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  • Copyright: 2012-12-31
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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It is indisputable that media is by far the most common means by which human beings spend our free time in the modern world. However, the ubiquity of media in our lives brings with it advantages and disadvantages along with uncertainty: will increased dependence on media impair our social functioning, enhance it, or both? The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychologyexplores facets of human behavior, thoughts, and feelings experienced in the context of media use and creation. Divided into six sections, chapters in this volume trace the history of media psychology; address content areas for media research, including children's media use, media violence and desensitization, sexual content, video game violence, and portrayals of race and gender; and cover psychological and physical effects of media such as serious games, games for health, technology addictions, and video games and attention. A section on meta-issues in media psychology brings together transportation theory, media psychophysiology, social influence in virtual worlds, and learning through persuasion. Other topics include the politics of media psychology, a lively debate about the future of media psychology methods, and the challenges and opportunities present in this interdisciplinary field. Authored by top experts from psychology, communications, and related fields, this handbook presents a vibrant map of the field of media psychology.

Author Biography

Karen Dill, Ph.D., is the Director of the Media Psychology Doctoral Program at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview
Introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology
History and Methods
Storytelling and Media: Narrative Models from Aristotle to Augmented Reality
Arguing for Media Psychology as a Distinct Field
Media Psychology and Its History
Inside Media Psychology: The Story of an Emerging Discipline as Told by a Leading Journal
Media Literacy: History, Progress and Future Hopes
Research methods, design, and statistics in media psychology
Qualitative Research and Media Psychology
Issues and Media Types
Why It Is Hard To Believe That Media Violence Causes Aggression
Children's Media Use: A Positive Psychology Approach
Media violence, desensitization, and psychological engagement
Sexual Media Practice: How Adolescents Select, Engage with, and are Affected by Sexual Media
Race, Ethnicity, and the Media
Representations of Gender in the Media
Video Game Violence
Serious Games: What are they? What do they do? Why should we play them?
The Psychology Underlying Media-Based Persuasion
Interactive and Emerging Technologies
Active Video Games: Impacts and Research
Children, Adolescents, and the Internet: Are There Risks Online?
The Role of Emotion in Media Use and Effects
Pathological Technology Addictions: What is Scientifically Known and What Remains to be Learned
Video Games and Attention
Meta Issues in Media Psychology
A General Framework for Media Psychology Scholarship
Engaging with Stories and Characters: Learning, Persuasion, and Transportation into Narrative Worlds
Social Influence in Virtual Environments
The Political Narrative of Children's Media Research
Media Psychophysiology: The Brain and Beyond
Japanese Approach to Research on Psychological Effects of Use of Media
Conclusions and Future Directions
Media Psychology: Past, Present, and Future
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