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PSY 355-01 Psychology & Media in the Digital Age


Schedule & Assignments
This page was last modified on January 17, 2018

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The complete list of references (including URLs for each item) will be found at this link.

I. Introduction & Orientation: Basic Overview of Media Online & IRL
Mo Jan 22
General Introduction & Themes about the Self  (pdf) [Outline]
We Jan 24
Defining What "Media" Means: General & Contemporary Meanings (pdf)
Meyerowitz on "Multiple Media Literacies" (1998) [LMC]
Mo Jan 29
Some Media Terms & Concepts (pdf) [outline]
    •••• Digital Media User Survey due today ••••


We Jan 30
How did we get here? What are we doing? Media Innovations & Usage, 1800-2015 (pdf)  

 •••• Group Presentation Choices due today •••

Wu, Attention Merchants, pp. 1-94
• Rosen et al (2013) The MTUAS Scale [LMC]

Pew Internet, Science & Technology website (examine the site particularly looking over the Social Networking and Social Media areas)

Internet/Broadband Fact Sheet (PEW 20170112)
Mo Feb 05
What Do We Do with Media Online and IRL (In Real Life)

Part 2 of class dedicated to Group Presentation Planning

We Feb 07


II. History and Themes: Media from the Ecological & (Neuro-)Psychological Perspective
Mo Feb 12
Human Psychology & Culture from the Media Ecology Perspective I

   • Oral & Written Culture
(Outline) [pdf version, 7 pp.]

•••• Digital Media User Reflection due today ••••
Strate (2004) [Selections]
We Feb 14 Human Psychology & Culture from the Media Ecology Perspective II

   • Print & Techno-Digital Culture
(Outline) [pdf version, 8 pp.]
Wu, Attention Merchants, pp. 108-143, 170-182
Mo Feb 19
Media Effects Approaches (Outline) [pdf version, 6 pp.]

   Social Learning Theory, Uses & Gratification Theory, and the Active Audience
Giles (2003, pp. 14-27) [sent by email]
We Feb 21
The Extended Self &
the Cognitive Psychology of Human Multitasking (Outline) [pdf, 6 pp.]
Clark & Chalmers (1998) [LMC via jstor]

Wang et al (2015) Summary

Mo Feb 26
Neuropsychology of Contemporary Media I (Outline) [pdf, 6 pp.]

Part 2 of class dedicated to Group Presentation Planning
Hamilton & Grabowski (2013) [at this link]

Shocat (2012) [pdf link at bottom of abstract]

We Mar 28
Neuropsychology of Contemporary Media II (Outline) [pdf, 8 pp.]

•••• Take Home Test distributed ••••


Spring Break: No Classes March 5-9


III. Topics in Media Ecology and Psychology

Mo Mar 12
Group 1: Celebrities, Audiences, Fandoms


We Mar 14
The Importance of Being Famous & Microfamous


Wu, Attention Merchants, pp. 215-274, 303-307
Mo Mar 19
•••• Completed Take Home Test due today ••••

We Mar 21
Group 2: Cyber-bullying, Disinhibition, & Trolling Online Sabella et al (2013) [LMC]
Suler (2004) Online Disinhibition Effect

Mo Mar 26
Group 3: Personal Relationships Online
Manango, Taylor, & Greenfield (2013) [pdf version button is on left of screen, LMC]
We Mar 28
Simulacra & the Notion of "The Spectacle"
Living in the world of the spectacle

The Society of the Spectacle {Wikipedia}
Kellner (2003) Media Culture and the Triumph of the Spectacle (pdf, 18 pp)

Mo, Apr 02 EASTER MONDAY: NO CLASS

Mo, Apr 02 The Psychology of DISNEY I • Disney as a media corporation Disney.Com: The Home of All Things Disney [look around]
  • 2013 Factbook [pdf]
  • 2015 Annual Corporate Report (excerpts) [pdf]
Disney Animated Films {Wikipedia}

We, Apr 04 The Psychology of DISNEY II  • Creating a national mythology? Princesses & Talking Animals Judd (2015, July 8). A conversation with the psychologist behind 'Inside Out'. Salon.

Ornstein (2006, Dec 24). What's wrong with Cinderella? New York Times Magazine. [LMC]

Mo, Apr 09 Group 4: Violence in Traditional & Online Media
Video Game Controversies {Wikipedia}
Szalawitz (2013) on TV [link]


We, Apr 11 Sexuality Online (notes, pdf)
Delavi et al (2013) on "sexting" [LMC]
Drouin et al (2013) on "sexting" [LMC]





Mo, Apr 16

We, Apr 18
Group 5: Problematic Digital Use: Can we become addicted?
Spekman et al. (2013) on gaming addiction [LMC]
Mo Apr 23 Group 6: Persuasion & Belief in Digital Media: Propaganda & Politics

We Apr 25 Discussion of Digital Media Abstinence Project

•••• 24-Hour Digital Media Abstinence Project report due today •••• (this is a change from April 19)
• Wu, Attention Merchants, pp. 191-197
Mo Apr 30
Sexuality Online II

We May 02 Who Is in Charge of Me?
Wu, Attention Merchants, pp. 335-343
Mo May 07 Finishing Up
•••• Reflection Paper on Group Presentation due by 5 pm, Thursday, May 11 ••••