I recently stumbled across an interesting website in the field of Media Psychology–Media Psychology Research Center (MPR). With an ambitious agenda and the energy to realize it, what attracted me to their work is how they approach media (with my own bias toward online and educational uses) from a variety of perspectives with the intention of studying how it relates with human behavior. I like the combination between media and psychology after spending so many years working at the intersection between media and adult education, media and instructional design, media and communication, and media as autoethnographic and narrative vehicle.
From their website, they define Media Psychology as:
Media Psychology Research Center views media psychology an interactive and dynamic relationship between humans and media
This is key to a more accurate and useful understanding of the human-media experience.
We use this model to establish domains of assessment throughout the human-media experience to more effectively assess, develop and produce positive media.
Can we really study media in any interesting way without studying how it affects and is driven by human behavior? That is one of the refreshing realizations I had when I reviewed their list of academic resources on their site. Being a lover of Amazon and continued education, I think I can spend a lot of time fleshing information and <ideally> learning from the materials they are sharing.
Now, perhaps a trackback link will encourage them to discuss their current work on their blog so they can engage the larger blogosphere!