Areas of Instruction:
- Media and Cognition (Core)
- Social Bases of Behavior (Core)
- History and Systems (Core)
- Practical Theory, Imagination and Method
- The Internet and the Psychology of Social
- Cultural Theory and Media Psychology
- Psychology of Attention: Perceptual and
Social-Cognitive Frameworks for Media Psychology
- The Philosophical Psychology of Hannah Arendt:
Implications for Media and Clinical Psychology
- Social Representation Theory and Media
- Workshop on the Psychology of Twitter
Scholarly & Professional Interests:
- Applied research interests: Social media as cultural and psychological forms that influence and structure how we think and interact socially and politically; Cognitive critiques of Big Data; Social media and the epistemology of teaching and learning; Social media, social change and public culture; The psychology of Twitter chats; Twitter narratives and the Arab Spring; Social media and activism; Changing conceptions of groups and leadership in the age of social media.
- Theory and scholarly practice: Social media research methods and social media as research tools; Social representation theory and the psychology of the thinking society; Mining the history of psychology as source of innovation, imagination for future directions in media psychology; The aesthetics of social media spaces; Gestalt theories of perception and media psychology; Conceptualizing mind through technology.
Tuma, R. (2013). Media psychology and its history . In K. Dill (Editor), Oxford Handbook
of Media Psychology. New York: Oxford
Mack, A, Tang, B, Tuma, R, Kahn, S., and Rock, I. (1992) Perceptual organization and
attention. Cognitive Psychology, 24, 475-501
- Tuma, R.M. , 2013.“Social media through a framework of cognition and aesthetics”, Society for Qualitative Inquiry in
Psychology, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 14-15 November, New York, NY.
Tuma, R.M 2012. “The role of power and trust in shared governance”. Presentation at The AAUP Governance Conference, 26-28 October. Washington DC. USA
Tuma, R.M. 2007. “Public culture and the visibility of difference: The Iraq war and the social representation of protestors”. Paper presented at the International Society of Political Psychology, 30th Annual Scientific Meeting, 4-7 July, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Tuma, R.M, 1996. “The public sphere and the conception of culture in three social psychologies: Social representations, social cognition, and social constructionism.” Paper presented at roundtable discussion, Third International Conference on Social Representations, 27-30 September, Aix –en-Provence, France.