April 2000 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 31 No. 4

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Psychology and the Internet

  • A mirror on the self

    Considered by some to be the ultimate identity tool, the Internet allows us to explore other facets of our personalities. The danger lies in failing to integrate online and offline selves, psychologists say.

  • Linking up online

    Is the Internet enhancing interpersonal connections or leading to greater social isolation?

  • Is Internet addiction real?

    More research is being conducted to explore the way people use--and misuse--the Internet.

  • Self-help sites: a blessing or a bane?

    With managed-care companies and more consumers moving online, psychologists are poised to offer Web services. Still, questions loom about the quality of services and information provided on health-related sites.

  • A renaissance for everyone?

    The technology revolution could widen old gaps in opportunity.

  • Taking telehealth to the next step

    Providing psychotherapy from a distance is still in its infancy, but it may not be long until it's mainstream, experts predict.

  • How will the rules on telehealth be written?

    Psychologists seek to influence regulations that govern telehealth practice--before outsiders write them first.

  • A Web of research

    They're fun, they're fast and they save money, but do Web experiments yield quality results?

  • Online experiments: ethically fair or foul?

    Researchers are facing new ethical challenges as they conduct experiments on the World Wide Web.

  • Reinventing class discussion online

    Professors find that role-playing, peer feedback and other icebreakers get students talking on the Web.

Girl looking at bar graphs on a laptop


Taking time and space out of service delivery

Stephen Sulzbacher's telehealth practice provides behavioral treatments to children in rural communities.

Free of charge, open all hours

Smaller psychology departments are getting a boost from a Web site that allows users to collect and store experimental data--all for no charge.

One psychology project, three states

Internet-based research projects link students from across the country.

Science speaks

Cognitive development and Internet

Often, the bells and whistles backfire

Human factors psychologists are intervening to make Web sites more user-friendly.

Carving out a new career niche online

Psychologists are expanding their careers on the Web.