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PSY 355-01 Psychology & Media in the Digital Age


Schedule & Assignments
This page was last modified on February 19, 2019

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I. Introduction & Orientation: Basic Overview of Media Online & IRL
Mo Jan 22
General Introduction & Themes about the Self
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]  • Behavioral Addiction as a Concept & Media I  (Notes on Irresistible Ch. 2 & 3)  
•••• Digital Media User Survey due today ••••

Alter (2017) Irresistible: Prologue & Chs. 1, 2, & 3 (pp. 1-90)
We Jan 31
How did we get here? What are we doing? Media Innovations & Usage, 1800-2015 (pdf)  

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

• 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
Human Psychology & Culture from the Media Ecology Perspective I (CHANGED)

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


Part 2 of class dedicated to Group Presentation Planning
Strate (2004) [Selections]
We Feb 07
[Class cancelled • College closed due to snow]

II. History and Themes: Media from the Ecological & (Neuro-)Psychological Perspective
Mo Feb 12
Evaluating Claims: Science & Moral Panics (see reading on right)

Part 2 of class continues Human Psychology & Culture from the Media Ecology Perspective I
Moral Panics {Wikipedia}
Moral Panic: Who Benefits from Public Fear {Psychology Today, 20150720}
We Feb 14 What Do We Do with Media Online and IRL (In Real Life)

Part 2 of class dedicated to Group Presentation Planning


Mo Feb 19
Human Psychology & Culture from the Media Ecology Perspective II

   • Print & Techno-Digital Culture
(Outline) [pdf version, 8 pp.]


Part 2 of class dedicated to Group Presentation Planning 

•••• Digital Media User Reflection due today (CHANGED DATE) ••••

We Feb 21
Media Effects Approaches (Outline) [pdf version, 6 pp.]  Part 2 of class will include discussion of Irresistible, chapters 4-6.

   Social Learning Theory, Uses & Gratification Theory, and the Active Audience
Giles (2003, pp. 14-27) [sent by email]
Mo Feb 26
The Extended Self &
the Cognitive Psychology of Human Multitasking (Outline) [pdf, 6 pp.]
Clark & Chalmers (1998) [LMC via jstor]

Wang et al (2015) Summary
We Feb 28
Behavioral Addictions and Media II

Group Presentation Planning in Part 2 of class

•••• Take Home Test distributed ••••
Alter (2017) Irresistible: Chaps. 4-9  (pp. 93-232)

Spring Break: No Classes March 5-9


III. Topics in Media Ecology and Psychology

Mo Mar 12
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 14
Neuropsychology of Contemporary Media II (Outline) [pdf, 8 pp.]


•••• Completed Take Home Test due today ••••


Mo Mar 19
Group 1 Celebrities, Fandoms, and Audiences: How We Relate to Media Personalities


We Mar 21
Group 2 Disinhibition Online: Cyberbullying, Trolling, and Self-Revelation

Mo Mar 26
Group 3 Privacy, Surveillance, and the internet of Things (IOT): Is Technology Intruding in Our Lives Too Much?


We Mar 28
Simulacra & the Notion of "The Spectacle"
Living in the world of the spectacle


Part 2 of class dedicated to Group Presentation Planning
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

We, Apr 04 Group 4 Ethnicity and Difference: How Media Shape Our Perceptions of One Another in a Diverse and Multiracial Society


Mo, Apr 09 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 11 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 16 Group 5 Violence in the Media: Traditional vs. Online Media

We, Apr 18
Group 6 Consumer Behavior: How Online Media Influence Buyers and Help Sell Products

Mo Apr 23 Group 7 Fake News? Propaganda, Politics,and Media Manipulation

We Apr 25 Discussion of Digital Media Abstinence Project

Mo Apr 30
Sexuality Online I

•••• 24-Hour Digital Media Abstinence Project report due today ••••
Delavi et al (2013) on "sexting" [LMC]
Drouin et al (2013) on "sexting" [LMC]
We May 02 Sexuality Online II

Mo May 07 Finishing Up
•••• Reflection Paper on Group Presentation due by 5 pm, Thursday, May 10 ••••