University of Southern California
Mary Beth Oliver
Pennsylvania State University
Media Psychology is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to publishing theoretically-oriented empirical research that is at the intersection of psychology and media communication. These topics include media uses, processes, and effects. Such research is already well represented in mainstream journals in psychology and communication, but its publication is dispersed across many sources. Therefore, scholars working on common issues and problems in various disciplines often cannot fully utilize the contributions of kindred spirits in cognate disciplines. By providing a high-quality, common publication outlet for psychologists, human developmental specialists, communication researchers, and other scholars who are interested in the psychological antecedents and consequences of communicating via mass media (e.g., television), telecommunications media (e.g., computer networks), and personal media (e.g., multimedia), potentially fertile cross-disciplinary work can flourish. Although most of the published articles will report original empirical research that bridges mediated communication and psychology, state-of-the-art reviews and meta-analyses that provide a major synthesis of primary research findings in a pivotal area will be considered. Manuscripts will be judged by the degree to which they make a major theoretical contribution and offer a substantial advancement to the body of knowledge about the uses, processes, or effects of the media.
Any scholars who are interested in the psychological antecedents, consequences, and underlying processes of mediated communication. Because this focus clearly spans disciplines, we expect and encourage submissions from many different research areas, including but not limited to communication, psychology, business, political science, sociology, anthropology, and public opinion.