Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace

Theory, Research, Applications

by Azy Barak

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.
  • Cambridge University Press; April 2008
  • ISBN: 9780511460524
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  • Title: Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace
  • Author: Azy Barak (ed.)
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'Suler offers a unique and creative model of the therapist as consultant, creating tailored interventions for a client from various websites and interventions according to his or her dimensionally specified needs. This chapter provides a compelling example of matching treatment to a patient's needs … I was particularly excited as I started to read the chapters describing the nature and functioning of online groups and motivation related to Wikipedia contributions. … Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace: Theory, Research, Applications provides researchers and students with a rich and diverse set of concepts to study as they explore the psychological aspects of this new reality.' Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books