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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. 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.

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. 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 textbook.

The Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology is the definitive text on this burgeoningfield. 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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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is a discussion of Internet psychology presented by some of the leading researchers in psychology. While the Internet is not new, the behaviors and sometimes actions of those online are beginning to challenge widely held assumptions and beliefs. This is an area ripe for not only discussion but research in keeping up with the technology.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the first definitive book on Internet psychology as a platform for discussion, interest, and research. While the Internet has contributed numerous advances in every field imaginable, it has come with some negatives such as deception, crime, outlets for addictions, and changes in attitudes.
Audience: Anyone in the mental health and social sciences fields will find this a fascinating book. Those in law enforcement and the legal system may also be interested. To some extent, the general public may also find this book interesting.
Features: The book is broken down into five parts covering interaction and interactivity, groups and communities, personality, self, and identity, psychological aspects of Internet use, and Internet-based research. Some notable topics are the online groups and communities inclusive of social and support as well as discriminatory and hate groups. There are five chapters on personality, self, and identity and the one on self-disclosure, privacy, and the Internet is outstanding. It covers people's attitudes and behavioral changes such as the preference for online activities over in-person social activities. Other topics include psychological problems, addictions, and health behavior. There is also a complete section on Internet-based research.
Assessment: With a doubt, this is the most relevant and definitive book available on Internet psychology and a required reading for all social scientists.
From the Publisher

"This is the most relevant and definitive book available on Internet psychology and a required reading for all social scientists."--Doody's

"This handbook provides a comprehensive look into the current understanding of Internet psychology. The organization of the book into five parts allows for easy reference to specific topics of interest...an informative guide to the psychological effects of advancing technology."--CyberPsychology & Behavior

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198568001
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/17/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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 the Internet' (with Monica Whitty, Psychology Press, 2007), and has published over 50 journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings in the field.
Katelyn Y. A. McKenna (Yael Kaynan) is a Senior Lecturer at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and at The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in the Department of Communication. Her research interests are in the areas of relationship cognition, the self, and social identity, particularly in terms of their applicability to Internet interactions.
Tom Postmes (PhD, Amsterdam, 1997; MSc, Amsterdam, 1992) is Professor of Communication and Social Psychology at the University of Exeter. His research interests are group processes and communication, focusing in particular on the topics of social influence, the formation of group norms, collective action, intergroup conflict, perceptions of discrimination and oppression. In his research, he has studied online groups and social effects of Computer-Mediated Communication. His work has been published in over 40 journal articles, more than a dozen book chapters and several other publications. His academic achievements received recognition through the award of research fellowships by the Economic and Social Research Council (2003-2006) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (1998-2002). From 2001 to 2003 he was associate editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology.
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 Tübingen, 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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Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

1 Introduction to the Handbook Adam N. Joinson Katelyn Y.A. McKenna Tom Postmes Ulf-Dietrich Reips 1

Part 1 Interaction and Interactivity

2 Social interaction and the Internet: a comparative analysis of surveys in the US and Britain Ronald E. Rice Adrian Shepherd William H. Dutton James E. Katz 7

3 Love letters: the development of romantic relationships throughout the ages Monica Whitty 31

4 Trust and social interaction on the Internet Melanie C. Green 43

5 Trust in mediated interactions Jens Riegelsberger M. Angela Sasse John D. McCarthy 53

6 Assessing interactivity in CMC research Sheizaf Rafaeli Yaron Ariel 71

7 Social psychology of interactivity in human-website interaction S. Shyam Sundar 89

Part 2 Groups and Communities

8 Characterizing online groups David P. Brandon Andrea B. Hollingshead 105

9 Social networks and online community Caroline Haythornthwaite 121

10 Online social support groups Martin Tanis 139

11 Psychology, discrimination and hate groups online Karen M. Douglas 155

12 The psychological dimensions of collective action, online Tom Postmes 165

Part 3 Personality, Self and Identity

13 Personality, individual differences and Internet use Yair Amichai-Hamburger 187

14 Through the Internet looking glass: expressing and validating the true self Katelyn Y.A. McKenna 205

15 Impression management and identity online Andrea Chester Di Bretherton 223

16 Self-disclosure, privacy and the Internet Adam N. Joinson Carina B. Paine 237

17 CMC and social identity Russell Spears Martin Lea Tom Postmes 253

Part 4 Psychological Aspects of Internet Use

18 Attitude change and social influence on the net KaiSassenberg Kai J. Jonas 273

19 Digital deception: why, when and how people lie online Jeffrey T. Hancock 289

20 Phantom emotions: psychological determinants of emotional experiences on the Internet Azy Barak 303

21 Internet use and abuse and psychological problems Janet Morahan-Martin 331

22 Examining the role of the Internet in health behaviour Elizabeth Sillence Pam Briggs 347

23 Tokyo youth at leisure: online support of leisure outings Diane J. Schiano Ame Elliot Victoria Bellotti

Part 5 Internet-Based Research

24 The methodology of Internet-based experiments Ulf-Dietrich Reips 373

25 Designing Internet-based experiments Michael H. Birnbaum 391

26 Gathering data on the Internet: qualitative approaches and possibilities for mixed methods and research Claire Hewson 405

27 Context effects in Internet surveys: new issues and evidence Jolene D. Smyth Don A. Dillman Leah M. Christian 429

28 Personality testing on the Internet: what we know, and what we do not Tom Buchanan 447

29 Technical considerations when implementing online research William C. Schmidt 461

30 Using online panels in psychological research Anja S. G&oumlet;ritz 473

31 Internet research ethics Charles Ess 487

Index 503

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