Edited by S. Shyam Sundar

“This is a book many scholars and several academic disciplines have been waiting  for: It connects the latest knowledge and expertise about using new technologies with the psychological conditions and effects of it”.

Peter Vorderer, ICA President 


The Handbook of the Psychology of Communication Technology offers an unparalleled source for seminal and cutting-edge research on the psychological aspects of communicating with and via emergent media technologies, with leading scholars providing insights that advance our knowledge on human-technology interactions. 

– A uniquely focused review of extensive research on technology and digital media from a psychological perspective 

– Features authoritative chapters by leading scholars studying psychological aspects of communication technologies

– Covers all forms of media from Smartphones to Robotics, from Social Media to Virtual Reality

– Explores the psychology behind our use and abuse of modern communication technologies


About the editor: 

Shyam Sundar is Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University. Sundar was among the first to publish refereed research on the psychological effects of digital media interfaces, and has been identified as the most published author of Internet-related research in the field during the medium’s first decade. A frequently cited source and former chair of the Communication & Technology division of the International Communication Association, Sundar is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication.



February 2015 | 616 pp 

HB: 978-1-118-41336-4; Ebook also available

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Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Notes on Contributors; Preface

PART I: Theoretical Overviews

1. Interpersonal and Hyperpersonal Dimensions of Computer-Mediated Communication Joseph B. Walther, Brandon Van Der Heide, Artemio Ramirez, Jr., Judee K. Burgoon & Jorge Pena

2. Group Identity, Social Influence and Collective Action Online: Extensions and Applications of the SIDE Model Russell Spears & Tom Postmes

3. Toward a Theory of Interactive Media Effects (TIME): Four Models for explaining how Interface Features affect User Psychology Shyam Sundar, Haiyan Jia, T. Franklin Waddell & Yan Huang


PART II: Source Orientation: Avatars, Agents and Androids 

4. Examining Perception and Identification in Avatar Mediated Interaction Kristine L. Nowak

5. Effects of Visual Cues on Social Perceptions and Self-Categorization in Computer-Mediated Communication Eun-Ju Lee & Soo Youn Oh

6. Social Effects of Virtual and Robot Companions Nicole C. Krämer, Astrid M. Rosenthal-von der Pütten & Laura Hoffmann

7. Telepresence and Apparent Agency in Human-Robot Interaction Leila Takayama

8. Psychological Aspects of Technology Interacting with Humans Johan F. Hoorn


PART III: Technological Affordances and Social Interaction 

9. Social Network Site Affordances and their Relationship to Social Capital Processes Nicole Ellison & Jessica Vitak

10. The Social Psychology of Mobile Communication Kathleen M. Cumiskey & Rich Ling

11. Real or Ersatz? Determinants of Benefits and Costs of Online Social Interactions Melanie C. Green & Jenna L. Clark

12. Deception with Technology Jeffrey T. Hancock & Jamie Guillory

13. Immersive Virtual Environments and the Classrooms of Tomorrow Cody O. Karutz & Jeremy N. Bailenson


Part IV: Adoption, Use and Abuse of Communication Technologies

14. The Psychology of the Diffusion and Acceptance of Technology Arun Vishwanath

15. Adolescent Development and Psychological Mechanisms in Interactive Media Use: A Day not Wired is a Day not Lived Elly A. Konijn, Jolanda Veldhuis, Xanthe S. Plaisier, Marloes Spekman & Anouk den Hamer

16. The Psychology of Interactive Media Habits Robert LaRose

17. Online Addictions: Gambling, Video Gaming, and Social Networking Mark D. Griffiths & Daria J. Kuss


Part V: Exposure, Experience and Evaluations of Digital Media

18. Selective Exposure in the Communication Technology Context Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, Axel Westerwick & Benjamin K. Johnson

19. Affording Control: How Customization, Interactivity, and Navigability affect Psychological Responses to Technology Sriram Kalyanaraman & Bartosz Wojdynski

20. Psychological Approaches to Credibility Assessment Online Miriam J. Metzger & Andrew J. Flanagin


Part VI: Good Technology for Better Health

21. Trust and Engagement in Online Health: A Timeline Approach Elizabeth Sillence & Pamela Briggs

22. Computer-Mediated Support for Health Outcomes: Psychological Influences on Support Processes Kevin B. Wright

23. Using Digital Games to Promote Health Behavior Change Debra A. Lieberman

24. Leveraging Psychology of Virtual Body for Health and Wellness Giuseppe Riva, Antonios Dakanalis & Fabrizia Mantovani

25. Treating Emotional Problems with Virtual and Augmented Reality Rosa M. Baños Rivera, Cristina Botella Arbona, Azucena García-Palacios, Soledad Quero Castellano & Juana Bretón López 





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