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From the Publisher"...provides researchers and students with a rich and diverse set of concepts to study as they explore the psychological aspects of this new reality."
—Matthew G. Hile, PsycCRITIQUES
Hundreds of millions of people across the world use the Internet every day. Its functions vary, from shopping and banking to chatting and dating. From a psychological perspective, the Internet has become a major vehicle for interpersonal communication that can significantly affect people's decisions, behaviors, attitudes and emotions. Moreover, its existence has created a virtual social environment in which people can meet, negotiate, collaborate and exchange goods and information. Cyberspace is not just a technical device but a phenomenon which has reduced the world to a proverbial global village, fostering collaborations and international cooperations; thus reducing the barriers of geographical distance and indigenous cultures. Azy Barak and a team of prominent social scientists review a decade of scientific investigations into the social, behavioral and psychological aspects of cyberspace, collating state-of-the-art knowledge in each area. Together they develop emerging conceptualizations and envisage directions and applications for future research.
Preface; 1. Reflections on the psychology and social science of cyberspace Azy Barak and John Suler; 2. Privacy, trust and disclosure online Carina B. Paine and Adam N. Joinson; 3. Internet abuse: emerging trends and lingering questions Janet Morahan-Martin; 4. Flow experience in cyberspace: current studies and perspectives Alexander E. Voiskounsky; 5. Cybertherapeutic theory and techniques John Suler; 6. Exposure in cyberspace as means of enhancing psychological assessment Azy Barak and Liat Hen; 7. Down the rabbit hole: the role of place in the initiation and development of online relationships Andrea J. Baker; 8. The sexy side of the internet: an examination of sexual activities and materials in cyberspace Monica Whitty and William A. Fisher; 9. The contact hypothesis reconsidered: interacting via internet: theoretical and practical aspects Yair Amichai-Hamburger; 10. Influences on the nature and functioning of online groups Katelyn Y. A. McKenna (Yael Kaynan); 11. Online motivational factors: incentives for participation and contribution in Wikipedia Sheizaf Rafaeli and Yaron Ariel; 12. How internet-mediated research changes science Ulf-Dietrich Reips.