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PSY-533 Foundations of Media Psychology

4 semester credits
Media psychology is the application of psychological theory and research to the analysis of media and technology use, development and impact. This course introduces six major domains in psychology–cognitive, social, developmental, biological/neuroscience, individual differences and positive–to provide a foundation for approaching media technologies from multiple dimensions. We will spend time exploring the question “what is media psychology” to think about why a definition matters and to give students the chance to examine their assumptions about media and technology. Each week we will address different topics in the current media landscape, such as social media, collective behaviors, games, media immersion, transmedia messaging, mobile devices and global impact, to see how different perspectives in psychology provide relevant theoretical and practical anchors. In every area, we will be evaluating media technologies based on: 1) inherent physical and psychological attributes; 2) impact on individuals and society; 3) design implications; and 4) user experience. The final project will focus on media’s ability to leverage ideas, cross boundaries, and connect people applied to the question: how can media technologies create social change?
Delivery Method: In person/Blended
Grading Default: Letter



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