Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology

Paperback | February 1, 2009

EditorAdam Joinson, Katelyn McKenna, Tom Postmes

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Over one billion people use the Internet globally. Psychologists are beginning to understand what people do online, and the impact being online has on behaviour. It's making us re-think many of our existing assumptions about what it means to be a social being. For instance, if we can talk,flirt, meet people and fall in love online, this challenges many of psychology's theories that intimacy or understanding requires physical co-presence. "The Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology" brings together many of the leading researchers in what can be termed 'Internet Psychology'. Though a very new area of research, it is growing at a phenomenal pace. In addition to well-studied areas of investigation, such as social identity theory,computer-mediated communication and virtual communities, the volume also includes chapters on topics as diverse as deception and misrepresentation, attitude change and persuasion online, Internet addiction, online relationships, privacy and trust, health and leisure use of the Internet, and thenature of interactivity. With over 30 chapters written by experts in the field, the range and depth of coverage is unequalled, and serves to define this emerging area of research. Uniquely, this content is supported by an entire section covering the use of the Internet as a research tool, including qualitative andquantitative methods, online survey design, personality testing, ethics, and technological and design issues. While it is likely to be a popular research resource to be 'dipped into', as a whole volume it is coherent and compelling enough to act as a single text book. "The Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology" is the definitive text on this burgeoning field. It will be an essential resource for anyone interested in the psychological aspects of Internet use, or planning to conduct research using the 'net'.

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Over one billion people use the Internet globally. Psychologists are beginning to understand what people do online, and the impact being online has on behaviour. It's making us re-think many of our existing assumptions about what it means to be a social being. For instance, if we can talk,flirt, meet people and fall in love online, thi...

Adam Joinson is Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at the University of Bath School of Management His research interests include computer-mediated communication, e-social science, privacy and disinhibition online. He is the author of 'Understanding the Psychology of Internet Behavior' (2003, Palgrave), 'Truth, Lies and Trust on ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:500 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.05 inPublished:February 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Adam N. Joinson, Katelyn Y. A. McKenna, Tom Postmes and Ulf-Dietrich Reips: Introduction:Section 1: Interaction and Interactivity2. Ronald E. Rice, Adrian Shepherd, William H. Dutton and James E. Katz: Social interaction and the internet: A comparative analysis of surveys in the US and Britain3. Monica Whitty: Love letters: The development of romantic relationships throughout the ages4. Melanie C. Green: Trust and social interaction on the internet5. Jens Riegelsberger, M. Angela Sasse and John D. McCarthy: Trust in mediated interactions6. Sheizaf Rafaeli and Yaron Ariel McCarthy: Assessing interactivity in CMC research7. S. Shyam Sundar: Social psychology of interactivity in human-website interactionSection 2: Groups and Communities8. David P. Brandon and Andrea B. Hollingshead: Characterizing online groups9. Caroline Haythornthwaite: Social networks and online community10. Martin Tanis: Online social support groups11. Karen M. Douglas: Psychology, discrimination and hate groups online12. Tom Postmes: The psychological dimensions of collective action onlineSection 3: Personality, Self and Identity13. Yair Amichai-Hamburger: Personality. individual differences and internet use14. Katelyn Y. A. McKenna: Through the internet looking glass: Expressing and validating the true self15. Andrea Chester and Di Bretherton: Impression management and identity online16. Adam N. Joinson and Carina B. Paine: Self-disclosure, privacy and the internet17. Russell Spears, Martin Lea and Tom Postmes: CMC and social identitySection 4: Psychological Aspects of Internet Use18. Kai Sassenberg and Kai J. Jonas: Attitude change and social influence on the net19. Jeffrey T. Hancock: Digital deception: Why, when and how people lie online20. Azy Barak: Phantom emotions: Psychological determinants of emotional experiences on the internet21. Janet Morahan-Martin: Internet use and abuse and psychological problems22. Elizabeth Sillence and Pam Briggs: Examining the role of the internet in health behaviour23. Diane J. Schiano, Ame Elliott and Victoria Bellotti: Toyko youth at leisure: Online support of leisure outingsSection 5: Internet-based Research24. Ulf-Dietrich Reips: The methodology of internet-based experiments25. Michael H. Birnbaum: Designing internet-based experiments26. Claire Hewson: Gathering data on the internet: Qualitative approaches and possibilities for mixed methods and research27. Jolene D. Smyth, Don A. Dillman and Leah M. Christian: Context effects in internet surveys: New issues and evidence28. Tom Buchanan: Personality testing on the internet: What we know, and what we do not29. William C. Schmidt: Technical considerations when implementing online research30. Anja S. Goritz: Using online panels in psychological research31. Charles Ess: Internet research ethics

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`The 31 chapters encompassed in this seminal text cover well-studied areas of investigation... a clear, concise, comprehensive and well-written text. It will surely be an essential resource for anyone interested in the psychological aspects of internet use...'The Psychologist