- Oxford Library of Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Storytelling and Media: Narrative Models from Aristotle to Augmented Reality
- Arguing for Media Psychology as a Distinct Field
- Media Psychology and Its History
- Inside <i>Media Psychology:</i> The Story of an Emerging Discipline as Told by a Leading Journal
- Media Literacy: History, Progress, and Future Hopes
- Research Methods, Design, and Statistics in Media Psychology
- Qualitative Research and Media Psychology
- Why It Is Hard To Believe That Media Violence Causes Aggression
- Children's Media Use: A Positive Psychology Approach
- The Role of Emotion in Media Use and Effects
- Media Violence, Desensitization, and Psychological Engagement
- Sexual Media Practice: How Adolescents Select, Engage with, and Are Affected by Sexual Media
- Race, Ethnicity, and the Media
- Representations of Gender in the Media
- The Psychology Underlying Media-Based Persuasion
- Social Influence in Virtual Environments
- Active Video Games: Impacts and Research
- Serious Games: What Are They? What Do They Do? Why Should We Play Them?
- Violent Video Games and Aggression
- Children, Adolescents, and the Internet: Are There Risks Online?
- Pathological Technology Addictions: What Is Scientifically Known and What Remains to Be Learned
- Video Games and Attention
- A General Framework for Media Psychology Scholarship
- Engaging with Stories and Characters: Learning, Persuasion, and Transportation into Narrative Worlds
- The Political Narrative of Children's Media Research
- Media Psychophysiology: The Brain and Beyond
- The Japanese Approach to Research on the Psychological Effects of Media Use
- Media Content Analysis: Qualitative Methods
- Media Psychology: Past, Present, and Future
Abstract and Keywords
The journal Media Psychology debuted in 1999 as the first peer-reviewed academic publication in the United States dedicated to the intersection of psychology and communication research. Using abstracts (N = 242) and keywords (N = 5,276) we analyzed the focus of the first 12 years of publication. During this time, the journal was guided by the founding coeditors (1999–2005) and subsequent teams of editors in rotation (2006–2010). Output is traced overall and compared between the two editorship periods. Overall, television emerged as the focus of more articles than any other form of media, whereas technology, diversity, and political categories increased from the first to the second period. Young children received more attention than other age groups during all 12 years. Journal contributors indicated strong international scholarship. One particularly salient finding is that contributions from communication departments exceeded those from psychology departments. We recommend encouraging interdisciplinary work to reinforce the inaugural focus of Media Psychology.
Ellen Baker Derwin, Department of Psychology, Brandman University, Irvine, CA
Janet De Merode, Department of International Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C. and Adjunct Faculty, School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California.
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