Media Psychology 101

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Media Psychology 101

SKU# 9780826196736

Author: Christopher Ferguson PhD

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"This book provides a thoughtful and balanced look at some of the hot topics generating headlines, such as media violence, body image, social representation and sex in the media.Media Psychology 101 will be a valuable addition to introductory courses and the public as a user-friendly overview of much-discussed issues.

-Pamela Rutledge, PsycCRITIQUES

There are few areas of modern social science that are as fiercely debated as media psychology. Written by one of the foremost experts on the topic, this is a concise overview of what is knownóand not knownóabout how individuals are affected by and interact with various forms of mass media. The book critically examines research from cognitive, social, developmental, biological, and evolutionary approaches to psychology and addresses the interplay between media consumption and viewer behavior in such realms as advertising, body image, sex, and violence. Distinguished by its examination of research from a scientifically objective position, the book offers students not only current knowledge of media psychology but also the tools to challenge commonly held assumptions from popular advocacy and ideology.

This text cuts across different psychological approaches to studying how individuals are affected by mass media and includes research from criminal justice and sociology. It considers critical debates in media psychology and how debates in science themselves can be influenced by processes such as "moral panic." Written in a lively, accessible manner, the book draws upon engaging examples such as Photoshopped model controversies, dubious advertising practices, and attempts to blame violent crimes on media to illustrate scholarly principles. Throughout, data from research studies are related back to real-world phenomena such as violence rates, advertising dollars spent, or changes in the news media. Written for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students studying media psychology, the text will also be of value to professionals in psychology, sociology, and criminal justice as well as individuals involved in public policy as it relates to media effects.

Key Features

  • Offers an objective, interdisciplinary approach to understanding media and behavior
  • Draws from cognitive, social, developmental, and biological psychology, as well as criminal justice research and sociology
  • Challenges the conclusions drawn from research to foster critical thinking
  • Written in a lively, accessible writing style with engaging examples

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 14, 2015
  • Page Count 288
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826196736
  • EISBN 9780826196743

About The Author(s) 

Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and department chair of psychology at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. He has done extensive research on the effects of media in realms ranging from video game and television violence to body image to advertising. He has also examined how methodological issues, researcher expectancies, questionable researcher practices, and societal pressures and incentives can create false positives in media psychology. Clinically, he has done extensive work with criminal justice populations including juvenile offenders, adult inmates, and child protective services.

Table of Contents 



Chapter 1 Society and Media Through History

Chapter 2 Theories and Methods of Media Effects

Chapter 3 Advertising Effects

Chapter 4 The Boob Tube: Media and Academic Achievement

Chapter 5 Media Addiction

Chapter 6 Banned Books

Chapter 7 Media and Body Dissatisfaction

Chapter 8 Media and Teen Sexual Behavior

Chapter 9 Race and the Media

Chapter 10 Crime in the News

Chapter 11 Television/Movie Violence Research

Chapter 12 Video Game Violence Research

Chapter 13 Pornography

Chapter 14 Social Media

Chapter 15 Now What?