Media Psychology and Its History

Regina M. Tuma

in The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398809
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Media Psychology and Its History

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Currently, media psychology appears to be a fragmented area of study, an appendage of sorts to many disciplines such as communication studies and even psychology. And yet, it is the case that this current state obscures a long history and tradition that leads to the development of media psychology within psychology as a discipline. The history of media psychology will be explored at two levels. First, it will be argued that the idea of media psychology emerges with the notion of mediation of reality by our senses in philosophy, the study of perception and cognition in early psychology. This tradition is then carried into a social psychology that is influenced by the study of perception and where the idea and role of media as instruments of culture, influence and cognition is further developed. The final section explores the status of media psychology within current research in psychology and social psychology.

Keywords: history; history of cognition; media psychology; psychology; social psychology

Article.  10852 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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