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PSY 355-01 Psychology & Media in the Digital Age

Schedule & Assignments
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I. Introduction & Orientation: Basic Overview of Media Online & IRL
Mon, Feb 08
Class 01
General Introduction & Themes about the Self (pdf)
Wed, Feb 10
Class 02
Defining What "Media" Means: General & Contemporary Meanings (pdf)
Meyerowitz on "Multiple Media Literacies" (1998) [LMC]
Mon, Feb 15
Class 03
(a) Some Media Terms & Concepts (full notes: pdf) [outline]
Behavioral Addictions & Media I  (Notes on Irresistible Prologue & Chs.1 2 & 3)  

•••• Digital Media User Survey due today ••••

Alter (2017) Irresistible: Prologue & Chs. 1, 2, & 3 (pp. 1-90)
Wed, Feb 17
Class 04

How did we get here? What are we doing? Media Innovations & Usage, 1800-2018 (pdf)  

PEW Internet/Broadband Fact Sheet (20190612)

PEW Social Media Fact Sheet (20190612)

 •••• 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)

Mon, Feb 22
Class 05
Human Psychology & Culture from the Media Ecology Perspective I

   • Oral & Written Culture

Strate (2004) [Selections] • Try at least to read the text that has been highlighted in yellow. 
Web, Feb 24
Class 06
Discussion of your own history with media

Group Presentation Planning

II. History and Themes: Media from the Ecological & (Neuro-)Psychological Perspective
Mon, Mar 01
Class 07
Evaluating Claims: Science & Moral Panics (see reading on right)

There will be a 10-point quiz in the first 15 minutes of this class. It covers the materials in Classes 01 to 06.
Moral Panics {Wikipedia}
Moral Panic: Who Benefits from Public Fear {Psychology Today, 20150720}
Lewandowski & Cook (2020) The Conspiracy Theory Handbook
Wed, Mar 03
Class 08
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 

Mon, Mar 08
Class 09
What Do We Do with Media Online and IRL (In Real Life): Notes

Last part of class dedicated to Group Presentation Planning
MTUAS Results 2021 (pdf)
Wed, Mar 10
Class 10
Studying Psychology and Social Science (Research Methods)
Giles (2003, pp. 14-27) [sent by email]
Mon, Mar 15
Class 11
The Extended Self & the Cognitive Psychology of Human Multitasking (Outline)

•••• Digital Media User Reflection due today
Clark & Chalmers (1998) [LMC via jstor]

Wang et al (2015) Summary
Wed, Mar 17
Class 12
Behavioral Addictions and Media II & Discussion of Irresistible, Chs. 4-9

Group Presentation Planning in Part 2 of class (if possible)

•••• Take Home Test distributed ••••
Alter (2017) Irresistible: Chaps. 4-6, 7-9

III. Topics in Media Ecology and Psychology

Mon, Mar 22
Class 13
Neuropsychology of Contemporary Media: Class cancelled

Wed, Mar 24
Class 14
Neuropsychology of Contemporary Media • Light (Outline)

Part 2 of class dedicated to Group Presentation Planning

•••• Completed Take Home Test due today ••••
If you need an extension until the weekend, let me know
Hamilton & Grabowski (2013)
on Cognitive Distraction [at this link]

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

Mon, Mar 29
Class 15

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

Wed, Mar 31
Class 16

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

Mon, Apr 05

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

Wed, Apr 07
Class 18
The Notion of "The Spectacle"Living in the world of the spectacle: Notes

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)

Mon, Apr 12
Group 4 Ethnicity and Difference: How Media Shape Our Perceptions of One Another in a Diverse and Multiracial Society

Wed, Apr 14
Class 20
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}

Mon, Apr 19
Class 21
The Psychology of DISNEY II  • Creating a national mythology? Princesses & Talking Animals

Quiz at  beginning of class  on materials from
  • Mar 15: Extended Self & Multitasking
  • Mar 24: Neuropsychology of Media: Lighting
  • Apr 07: The Notion of the Spectacle
  • April 14: Disney & Media: Whatever we cover on April 14
Judd (2015, July 8; Updated 2017, June 14). A conversation with the psychologist behind 'Inside Out'

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

Wed, Apr 21
Class 22
Group 5 Violence in the Media: Traditional vs. Online Media

Mon, Apr 26
Class 23
Group 6 Consumer Behavior: How Online Media Influence Buyers and Help Sell Products

Wed, Apr 28
Class 24
Group 7 Fake News? Propaganda, Politics,and Media Manipulation

Mon, May 03
Class 25
Work on DMAP & Final Reflection Paper (no class)

Wed, May 05
Class 26
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]
Mon, May 10
Class 27
Sexuality Online II

Wed, May 12
Class 28
Discussion of Digital Media Abstinence Project
Mon, May 17
Class 29
•••• Reflection Paper on Group Presentation due by 5 pm, Friday, May 21 ••••