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Cognitive Processes and Technologies (Academic Year 2022/2023) - Neurosciences (in partnership con la Berlin School of Business and Innovation - BSBI)

Social Psychology of Web-Based Relationships

Credits: 12
Content language:English
Course description
The course explores the main themes of social and group psychology applied to the web: from the construction of subjectivity in online interactions to socialization, passing through the dynamics and processes that characterize virtual groups, such as conflict and its management, social inclusion and participation. It also presents the main communication models and analyzes the role of trust as a cognitive mediator of social action in virtual networks. From a methodological point of view, the course favors the acquisition of tools for the analysis of interactions in network environments, while from an application point of view it presents the possibilities of the Web in different contexts, such as business and social healthcare environments.
The aims of this unit are:
A1 Provide knowledge of social psychology applied to the internet.
A2 Understanding various online interactions and how to manage them
A3 To equip students with knowledge of group dynamics in online environments
A4 Acquiring methodological and critical skills in brand-consumer relationship management
On satisfactory completion of the unit, you will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the concepts of conflict and its management, social inclusion and participation, communication models and the role of trust.
LO2 Synthesize and critically evaluate contemporary approaches to social psychology in cyberspace.
LO3 Critically evaluate the concept of both Self and identity in web-based environments
No. of hours of scheduled activity 30
No. of hours of independent activity 120
No. of hours of placement activity
This will comprise:  
Scheduled learning activities include:
Teaching will consist of a variety of different methods:
Small group tutorials
The independent learning opportunities include:
Reading the essential and recommended textbooks
Accessing the learning materials on Canvas 
Preparation for tutorials and seminars
Formative assessment tasks
Summative assessment task
Indicative Content:
Ideas for a social psychology of online interactions-relationships 
From the psychology of cyberspace to the social psychology of cyberplaces 
A socio-cognitive model of trust
Theory of expectations and their functions
Connolly, I., Palmer, M., Barton, H., & Kirwan, G. (Eds.). (2016). An Introduction to Cyberpsychology (1st ed.). Routledge.
Forgas, J.P., Crano, W.D., & Fiedler, K. (Eds.). (2020). Applications of Social Psychology: How Social Psychology Can Contribute to the Solution of Real-World Problems (1st ed.). Routledge.
Wysocki, R. (2019). Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme, Hybrid 8th Edition. Hoboken: Wiley and Sons.
Ancis, J. R. (2020). The age of cyberpsychology: An overview. Technology, Mind, and Behavior.
Attrill, A. (Ed.). (2015). Cyberpsychology. Oxford University Press, USA.
Beenen, G., Ling, K., Wang, X., Chang, K., Frankowski, D., Resnick, P., & Kraut, R. E. (2004, November). Using social psychology to motivate contributions to online communities. In Proceedings of the 2004 ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work (pp. 212-221).
Bert, F., Gualano, M., Camussi, E., & Siliquini, R. (2022). CYBERPSYCHOLOGY, BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL NETWORKING. 19 (4) pp: 233-238.
Catamio, J. R. C., & Distor, J. M. Cyberpsychology and Mental-health: Trends and Practice.
Cummings, J. N., Butler, B., & Kraut, R. (2002). The quality of online social relationships. Communications of the ACM, 45(7), 103-108.
Faklaris, C. (2022). Toward a Socio-Cognitive Stage Model of Cybersecurity Behavior Adoption (Doctoral dissertation, US National Science Foundation).
Kocsis, D., & Segal, D. L. (2022). Cyber Hygiene, Cyberpsychology, and Impacting the Future Workforce.
Parsons, T. D. (2019). Ethical challenges in digital psychology and cyberpsychology. Cambridge University Press.
Piazza, J., & Bering, J. M. (2009). Evolutionary cyber-psychology: Applying an evolutionary framework to Internet behavior. Computers in Human Behavior, 25(6), 1258-1269.
Riva, G., & Galimberti, C. (Eds.). (2001). Towards cyberpsychology: mind, cognition, and society in the Internet age (Vol. 2). IOS Press.
Teske, J. A. (2002). Cyberpsychology, human relationships, and our virtual interiors. Zygon®, 37(3), 677-700.
Vallacher, R.R. (2019). Social Psychology: Exploring the Dynamics of Human Experience (1st ed.). Routledge. 
Whitty, M. T. (2016). Cyberpsychology: The study of individuals, society and digital technologies. John Wiley & Sons.
Recommended Journals
Journal Resources:
SAGE Journals
APA Journals 
Pub Med
Nature Neuroscience
British Journal of Psychology
International Journal of Data Science and Analytics
Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace Cyberpsychology
Ileana Di Pomponio
Video professors
Prof. Chiara Berti - Università di Chieti (Chieti - Italy)
Prof. Carlo Galimberti - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milano - Italy)
Prof. Rino Falcone - Direttore ISTC-CNR, Univ. Telematica Internazionale UNINETTUNO (Italia)
Prof. Cristiano Castelfranchi - ISTC-CNR, Univ. Telematica Internazionale UNINETTUNO (Italia)
Prof. Davide Bennato - Università di Catania (Catania - Italy)
Prof. Giuseppe Riva - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milano - Italy)
List of lessons
Carlo Galimberti
Carlo Galimberti
Carlo Galimberti
Carlo Galimberti
Carlo Galimberti
Carlo Galimberti
Carlo Galimberti
Rino Falcone
Rino Falcone
Rino Falcone
Rino Falcone
Rino Falcone
Rino Falcone
Cristiano Castelfranchi
Chiara Berti
Chiara Berti
Chiara Berti
Chiara Berti
Chiara Berti
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Chiara Berti
Chiara Berti
Chiara Berti
Davide Bennato
Davide Bennato
Davide Bennato
Davide Bennato
Giuseppe Riva
Giuseppe Riva
Giuseppe Riva
Giuseppe Riva