Peña, J., & Blackburn, K. (2010). The priming effects of virtual environments on interpersonal perceptions and behaviors: A conceptual replication of Tidwell and Walther (2002). Manuscript under review. Peña and Blackburn investigate the impact of environment on behavior in virtual worlds. The interesting and surprising aspect is that environment has been ignored in previous studies… Continue reading Priming is Priming, Regardless of Reality
Yee, N., & Bailenson, J. (2007). The Proteus effect: The effect of transformed self-representation on behavior. Human Communication Research, 33, 271-290. Yee and Bailenson pose an interesting hypothesis which seeks to combine behavioral confirmation based on external feedback with Snyder’s work in self-perception and apply the extension to virtual environments. Merging this theoretical basis with… Continue reading I Become What I Think You Think I Am
Postmes, T. & Spears, R. (2002). Behavior online: Does anonymous computer communication reduce gender inequality? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28(8). 1073-1083. Postmes and Spears contribute two interesting studies to refute the popular assumption that anonymity in computer-mediated communication levels the interaction playing field. While the equalization hypothesis, backed by several early studies, offers hope… Continue reading People Know You’re a Dog
Toma, C. L., Hancock, J. T., & Ellison, N. B. (2008). Separating fact from fiction: An examination of deceptive self-presentation in online dating profiles. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1023-1036. Toma, Hancock and Ellison attempt to assess the accuracy of online dating profiles. They hypothesize that selective self-presentation will occur in online dating profiles… Continue reading Would You Date a Liar?
Hancock, J. T., & Toma, C. L. (2009). Putting your best face forward: The accuracy of online dating profiles. Journal of Communication, 59, 367-386. Hancock and Toma investigate the accuracy of profile photographs in online dating sites and whether that accuracy differs for men and women. The authors describe the tension between self-enhancement and authenticity… Continue reading Facing the Truth