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Psychological Insights for Understanding COVID-19 and Media and Technology

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ISBN 9780367640064
December 13, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

In the Psychological Insights for Understanding COVID-19 series, international experts introduce important themes in psychological science that engage with people’s unprecedented experience of the pandemic, drawing together chapters as they originally appeared before COVID-19 descended on the world.

This book explores how COVID-19 has impacted our relationship with media and technology, and chapters examine a range of topics including fake news, social media, conspiracy theories, belonging, online emotional lives and relationship formation, and identity. It shows the benefits media and technology can have in relation to coping with crises and navigating challenging situations, whilst also examining the potential pitfalls that emerge due to our increasing reliance on them. In a world where the cyberpsychological space is constantly developing, this volume exposes the complexities surrounding the interaction of human psychology with media and technology, and reflects on what this might look like in the future.

Featuring theory and research on key topics germane to the global pandemic, the Psychological Insights for Understanding COVID-19 series offers thought-provoking reading for professionals, students, academics and policy makers concerned with the psychological consequences of COVID-19 for individuals, families and society.

Table of Contents

1. "When (Fake) News Feels True: Intuitions of Truth and the Acceptance and Correction of Misinformation"

Rainer Greifeneder, Mariela Jaffe, Eryn Newman, Norbert Schwarz

From The Psychology of Fake News: Accepting, Sharing, and Correcting Misinformation

2. "Connections"

Ciarán Mc Mahon

From The Psychology of Social Media

3. "When do People Believe Conspiracy Theories?"

Jan-Willem van Prooijen

From The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

4. "The Dynamics of Groups Online"

Irene Connolly, Marion Palmer, Hannah Barton, Gráinne Kirwan

From An Introduction to Cyberpsychology

5. "Belonging in an Age of Technology"

Kelly-Ann Allen

From The Psychology of Belonging

6. "How Do Online Social Networks Influence People’s Emotional Lives?"

Joseph P. Forgas, William D. Crano, Klaus Fiedler

From Applications of Social Psychology: How Social Psychology Can Contribute to the Solution of Real-World Problems

7. "Online Relationship Formation"

Ilan Talmud, Gustavo Mesch

From Wired Youth: The Online Social World of Adolescence, 2nd Edition

8. "Identity Citizenship: Authenticity, intersectionality and a new populism"

Rob Cover

From Emergent Identities: New Sexualities, Genders and Relationships in a Digital Era

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Dr Ciarán Mc Mahon is a historian and philosopher of psychology. His research interests lie at the intersection of psychology and technology, including cybersecurity and social media. He is an occasional lecturer at the School of Psychology, University College Dublin and a regular tweeter at @cjamcmahon.