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Cyberpsychology and New Media
A thematic reader

ISBN 9781848721661
Published September 20, 2013 by Psychology Press
264 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Cyberpsychology is the study of human interactions with the internet, mobile computing and telephony, games consoles, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and other contemporary electronic technologies. The field has grown substantially over the past few years and this book surveys how researchers are tackling the impact of new technology on human behaviour and how people interact with this technology.

Examining topics as diverse as online dating, social networking, online communications, artificial intelligence, health-information seeking behaviour, education online, online therapies and cybercrime, Cyberpsychology and New Media book provides an in-depth overview of this burgeoning field, and allows those with little previous knowledge to gain an appreciation of the diversity of the research being undertaken in the area.

Arranged thematically and structured for accessibility, Cyberpsychology and New Media will be essential reading for researchers and students in Social Psychology and Cyberpsychology, and in  Communication and Media Studies.

Table of Contents

Preface. Andrew Power and Grainne Kirwan Acknowledgements SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION 1: What Is Cyberpsychology? Grainne Kirwan and Andrew Power SECTION 2: COMMUNICATION 2: Blogs: A Study Into Current Uses And Perceptions In Society. Sinéad Cochrane, Hannah Barton 3: The Motivations And Personality Traits That Influence Facebook Usage. Graham Gilbert, Hannah Barton 4: Mobile Phone Separation And Anxiety. Mark Siggins, Cliona Flood 5: A Cross-Cultural Comparison Of Deception In Online Dating Profiles Using Language Analysis. Nicola Fox Hamilton, Gráinne Kirwan 6: The Influence Of Gendered Web Design On Female Science Career Motivation. Donna McCabe, Olivia Hurley, Cliona Flood SECTION 3: PERSONALITY AND INTERNET USE 7: Virtual Assistants: Trust And Adoption In Telecommunication Customer Support. Phelim May, Grainne Kirwan 8: Gender-Bending In Virtual Worlds: Investigating ‘Need for Achievement’ Between Goal-Orientated And Non Goal-Orientated Environments. Eily Coghlan, Grainne Kirwan 9: Exploring Psychological Factors For Contributing To Online Recommendation Sites. Mary O’Brien, John Greaney, Hannah Barton 10: Online Identity Theft: An Investigation Of The Differences Between Victims And Non-Victims With Regard To Anxiety, Precautions And Uses Of The Internet. Karen Reilly, Gráinne Kirwan 11: Personality Caught In The Social Net: Facebook Phishing. Kelly Price, Grainne Kirwan SECTION 4: INTERNET INTERVENTIONS AND THERAPIES 12: Protection Motivation Theory And Online Activities. Richard O’Connell, Grainne Kirwan 13: Establishing An Online Counselling Service For Substance Use: An Exploratory Study. Andy Osborn, Cliona Flood 14: The Psychology Of Cyberchondria And ‘‘Cyberchondria By Proxy’’. Mary Aiken, Grainne Kirwan 15: Attitudes To Computerised Psychotherapy: A Survey Of Psychotherapists. Dean McDonnell, Brendan Rooney, Cliona Flood SECTION 5: INTERNET AND EDUCATION 16: Capturing Lectures: Using Multimedia Lecture Captures To Promote Learning. Genevieve Dalton, Irene Connolly, Marion Palmer 17: Participation, Interaction And Learner Satisfaction In A Professional Practice Wiki For Teachers. Rory Tierney, Marion Palmer 18: Social Bits: Personality And Learning Style Profiling Via The Social Web. Kostas Mavropalias And Ellen Brady 19: The Future of Cyberpsychology. Andrew Power and Grainne Kirwan

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Andrew Power is Head of the Faculty of Film, Art, and Creative Technologies at the Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. Prior to this Andrew spent many years in the ICT industry working for a number of multinational corporations. Originally trained as an engineer, Andrew holds an MA from the University of Dublin, an MBA from the University of Strathclyde and a doctorate in Governance from Queens University Belfast. Andrew’s research interests include social networking, governance and the psychology of online crime.

Gráinne Kirwan is a lecturer in psychology in IADT, teaching on both the BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology and the MSc in Cyberpsychology. She lectures on topics such as forensic psychology, cyberpsychology, computer-mediated communication and the psychology of virtual reality and artificial intelligence. She holds a PhD in Criminology as well as an MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology, a Postgraduate Certificate in Third Level Learning and Teaching, and an MLitt in Psychology.




‘Written in an easily accessible style, this reader contains a wide range of research studies on topics of interest to cyberpsychologists that are not often found together in a single source. The book also contains a wealth of information on previous studies and should be of great use to undergraduate students studying cyberpsychology.’ - John Charlton, University of Bolton, UK

‘As more and more of our lives are spent interacting with, and via, computers, so psychology as a discipline needs to keep pace. The diversity of the rapidly growing field of cyberpsychology is expertly illustrated in this thematic reader. The editors, Power and Kirwan, present recent cutting-edge work on a wide range of topics in a volume that will provide an ideal introduction to this new and exciting field.’ - Adam Joinson, University of the West of England, UK