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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
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
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
What Do We Do with Media Online and IRL (In Real Life)

Part 2 of class dedicated to Group Presentation Planning

Wed, Mar 10
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]

Alter (2017) Irresistible: Chaps. 4-6
Mon, Mar 15
The Extended Self &
the Cognitive Psychology of Human Multitasking

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

Wang et al (2015) Summary
Wed, Mar 17
Behavioral Addictions and Media II

Group Presentation Planning in Part 2 of class

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

III. Topics in Media Ecology and Psychology

Mon, Mar 22
Neuropsychology of Contemporary Media I (Outline)

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

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

Wed, Mar 24
Neuropsychology of Contemporary Media II (Outline)

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

Mon, Mar 29
Group 1 Celebrities, Fandoms, and Audiences: How We Relate to Media Personalities

Wed, Mar 31
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
Simulacra & the Notion of "The Spectacle"
Living in the world of the spectacle

Quiz at beginning of class

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 The Psychology of DISNEY I • Disney as a media corporation

Quiz on materials from
  • Mar 15: Extended Self & Multitasking
  • Mar 22 & 24: Neuropsychology of Media
  • Apr 07: The Notion of the Spectacle
Disney.Com: The Home of All Things Disney [look around]
  • 2013 Factbook [pdf]
  • 2020 Annual Corporate Report (excerpts) [pdf]
Disney Animated Films {Wikipedia}

Mon, Apr 19 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]

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

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

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

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

Wed, May 05
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 Sexuality Online II

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