The VW-Psych Mailing List
The Psychology of Virtual Worlds and Virtual Communities
A mailing list has been established for the subject of the Psychology of Virtual Worlds and the communities that inhabit them. List founder Vernon Reed of U.T. Austin writes:
"This is a mailing list devoted to psychological aspects of Avatar Virtual Worlds, both in-World psychology (whatever that is) and psychology that transfers to Real Life behavior. Since these Worlds provide, in some ways, what can be seen as a new ground for being, we have an unprecedented opportunity to try out new social and psychological strategies, freed from many of the constraints of Real Life. In short, we are witnesses to, and participants in the emergence of a new paradigm for human conciousness, aided and abetted by cybernetic and communications technologies. No one knows where this will lead."
For other food for thought, please see the papers and themes relevant to this list some of which are posted on our hotlink library on virtual worlds in education, the Vlearn3D.org pages and list moderator Dr. John Suler's pages on the Psychology Cyberspace (including that of the Palace) at: http://www.rider.edu/users/suler/psycyber/psycyber.html
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