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What is Media Psychology?

Media psychology is an emerging academic and applied discipline that attempts to explain how people select, process, and become influenced by all forms of media. As an interdisciplinary field with roots in psychology and communication research, scholars and practitioners of media psychology examine intrapersonal, interpersonal, and environmental factors to understand the underlying psychological dynamics of how humans interact with an evolving digital environment. Given the ubiquity of media in today’s world, media psychology is uniquely positioned to inform theory and practice around some of the most challenging and urgent issues of our time.