Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace: Theory, Research, Applications

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Azy Barak
Cambridge University Press, Apr 28, 2008 - Psychology
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Hundreds of millions of people across the world use the Internet every day. Its functions vary, from shopping and banking to chatting and dating. From a psychological perspective, the Internet has become a major vehicle for interpersonal communication that can significantly affect people's decisions, behaviors, attitudes and emotions. Moreover, its existence has created a virtual social environment in which people can meet, negotiate, collaborate and exchange goods and information. Cyberspace is not just a technical device but a phenomenon which has reduced the world to a proverbial global village, fostering collaborations and international cooperations; thus reducing the barriers of geographical distance and indigenous cultures. Azy Barak and a team of prominent social scientists review a decade of scientific investigations into the social, behavioral and psychological aspects of cyberspace, collating state-of-the-art knowledge in each area. Together they develop emerging conceptualizations and envisage directions and applications for future research.

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1 Reflections on the Psychology and Social Science of Cyberspace
2 Privacy Trust and Disclosure Online
Emerging Trends and Lingering Questions
Current Studies and Perspectives
5 Cybertherapeutic Theory and Techniques
6 Exposure in Cyberspace as Means of Enhancing Psychological Assessment
The Role of Place in the Initiation and Development of Online Relationships
an Examination of Sexual Activities and Materials in Cyberspace
Interacting Via Internet Theoretical and Practical Aspects
10 Influences on the Nature and Functioning of Online Groups
Incentives for Participation and Contribution in Wikipedia
12 How InternetMediated Research Changes Science

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Azy Barak is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Education at the University of Haifa, Israel.

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