Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology

Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology

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Edited by Adam Joinson, Edited by Katelyn McKenna, Edited by Tom Postmes, Edited by Ulf-Dietrich Reips


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 520 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 249mm x 25mm | 1,161g
  • Publication date: 17 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198568002
  • ISBN 13: 9780198568001
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 27 figures; 2 black & white photos
  • Sales rank: 941,739

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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 the nature 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 and quantitative 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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Author information

Ulf-Dietrich Reips is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland. He received his venia legendi for Psychology in the Faculty for the Science of Information and Cognition at the University of Tubingen, Germany, in 2004, where he also was awarded a Ph.D. in 1997. He holds a M.A. in Psychology from Sonoma State University, USA. Reips' research interests include methods, tools, and techniques of Internet-based research, in particular Internet-based experimenting, e-/i-learning and -teaching, online privacy and self-disclosure, Internet-based data mining and log file analysis, cognition, social psychology, e-health. Reips is founding editor of the International Journal of Internet Science . He has published in both English and German and serves the important role of bridging new findings in Internet-based research between the literatures in these two languages.

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...this is the most relevant and definitive book available on Internet psychology and required reading for all social scientists. Doody's Notes

Table of contents

1. Introduction: ; SECTION 1: INTERACTION AND INTERACTIVITY ; 2. Social interaction and the internet: A comparative analysis of surveys in the US and Britain ; 3. Love letters: The development of romantic relationships throughout the ages ; 4. Trust and social interaction on the internet ; 5. Trust in mediated interactions ; 6. Assessing interactivity in CMC research ; 7. Social psychology of interactivity in human-website interaction ; SECTION 2: GROUPS AND COMMUNITIES ; 8. Characterizing online groups ; 9. Social networks and online community ; 10. Online social support groups ; 11. Psychology, discrimination and hate groups online ; 12. The psychological dimensions of collective action online ; SECTION 3: PERSONALITY, SELF AND IDENTITY ; 13. Personality. individual differences and internet use ; 14. Through the internet looking glass: Expressing and validating the true self ; 15. Impression management and identity online ; 16. Self-disclosure, privacy and the internet ; 17. CMC and social identity ; SECTION 4: PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF INTERNET USE ; 18. Attitude change and social influence on the net ; 19. Digital deception: Why, when and how people lie online ; 20. Phantom emotions: Psychological determinants of emotional experiences on the internet ; 21. Internet use and abuse and psychological problems ; 22. Examining the role of the internet in health behaviour ; 23. Toyko youth at leisure: Online support of leisure outings ; SECTION 5: INTERNET-BASED RESEARCH ; 24. The methodology of internet-based experiments ; 25. Designing internet-based experiments ; 26. Gathering data on the internet: Qualitative approaches and possibilities for mixed methods and research ; 27. Context effects in internet surveys: New issues and evidence ; 28. Personality testing on the internet: What we know, and what we do not ; 29. Technical considerations when implementing online research ; 30. Using online panels in psychological research ; 31. Internet research ethics