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Psychology of the media

Psychology of the media

Giles, David, 1964-

From body image to social networking, the media has a huge influence on how we view ourselves & others & this engaging text is ideal for students studying media psychology for the first time. With coverage of media violence, celebrity culture & online behaviour, this is a comprehensive introduction to an important subject

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: David Giles
ISBN: 0230249868, 9780230249868
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: viii, 229 p. ; 22 cm.
Series: Palgrave insights in psychology
Subject: Mass media Psychological aspects.; Psychology; Media Studies.; Media studies
Series Title: Palgrave insights in psychology.


  1. PART I: INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA PSYCHOLOGY History of the Mass MediaWays of Thinking about Psychology and the Media PART II: MEDIA INFLUENCES ON SOCIAL BEHAVIOURMedia Influences on Pro- and Anti- Social Behaviour
  2. Persuasion and Advertising
  3. Body Image, Eating Disorders and the Media PART III: THE AUDIENCE
  4. Parasocial InteractionCelebrity and Fandom
  5. Audience Participation MediaPART IV: THE MEDIATED SOCIAL WORLDFraming and the Psychology of News Influence
  6. Developmental Psychology and the MediaPART V: NEW MEDIAPsychology and the Internet
  7. Psychological Issues in New Media

Author note

DAVID GILES is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Winchester, UK. He is author of the textbook Media Psychology (2003) and his research work has generated a great deal of interest in the media, being featured in The Guardian, The Sunday Times and on BBC Radio 4.


From newspapers to social networking sites, the mass media play a huge role in shaping the way we see ourselves and others.

In this engaging introduction, Giles explores our relationship with the media, looking at the effects of advertising, celebrity worship and media influence on violent behaviour.

Whatever your level of study, this introduction will help you to evaluate the full reach of the media in our lives.


'Giles covers key topics in an engaging, accessible and straightforward style that will hold readers' attention. Useful glossaries and key studies help to guide students through the different ways of understanding media psychology.
- Daniel Heggs, Programme Director, B.Sc (Hons) Psychology, University of Wales Institute