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Regina Tuma, Ph.D. - Fielding Graduate University. Montclair, NJ, US

Regina Tuma, Ph.D.

Doctoral Faculty - Media Psychology | Fielding Graduate University


Media psychology is the future of psychology—Without it, we would not be able to understand social media as constructed and lived realities.






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MSc Media Psychology Assembly Joint Workshop




Regina M. Tuma is a member of the doctoral faculty in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. She is a social psychologist with interests in perception, cognition, Gestalt theory, and the history of psychology as a source of innovation for media psychology.

Current research interests include the psychology of social media; psychology and the critique of Big Data; critical approaches to media psychology; social media research methods; social representation theory and Bartlett’s serialization method as epistemological approaches to social media research; relationship between mind (cognition) and technology; the cognitive and social psychological aesthetics of social media; social media activism; and social media as public culture.

Her social justice interests include: the perils of predictive analytics; differential use and impact of Big Data culture and surveillance on race and marginalized communities. She is passionate about: Gestalt theories of perception and cognition; the philosophical psychology of Hannah Arendt; and Twitter (@obspsy).

Industry Expertise (4)


Social Media

Media - Online


Areas of Expertise (8)

Psychology of Social Media

Social Media Research

Psychology of Big Data

Mind and Technology

Critical Media Psychology

Social Psychology

History of Psychology

History of Media Psychology

Education (3)

New School University: PhD, The Graduate Faculty 2006

New School University: MA, The Graduate Faculty 1989

University of Miami: BA, Degree 1986

Event Appearances (7)

On psychology and the tyranny of the algorithm

Pathologies of Capitalism: Critical Psychology in an Age of Uncertainty  The Graduate Center at City University of New York



Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology  Fordham University, New York, NY


And yet they tweet! The complexity of tweets from the ‘Streets of Tahrir’

Challenging Media Landscapes Conference  University of Salford International Media Festival, UK


We are all artists now: Outline for psychology of aesthetics and social media

(2014) Challenging Media Landscapes Conference  Salford-Manchester, UK

Social media through a framework of aesthetics

New York, NY  Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology


Public culture and the visibility of difference: The Iraq war and the social representation of protesters

International Society of Political Psychology, 30th Annual Scientific Meeting  Portland, Oregon


On culture, biology, intelligence, and its network of representations: A preliminary study

International Social Science Research Conference  Orlando, FL


Articles (2)

Media Psychology and its History

The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology

(2013) Currently, media psychology appears to be a fragmented area of study, an appendage of sorts to many disciplines such as communication studies and even psychology. And yet, it is the case that this current state obscures a long history and tradition that leads to the development of media psychology within psychology as a discipline.

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Perceptual organization and attention

Cognitive Psychology

(October, 1992) It is widely assumed that the grouping of the visual field first described by the Gestalt psychologists and the related phenomenon of texture segregation occur very early in the processing of visual information and involve preattentive processes. All the recent evidence supporting this assumption comes from visual search experiments in which the subject is actively looking for a target and attending to the stimulus. The question at issue is whether these kinds of patterns are perceived under conditions of inattention, i.e., when observers are not searching for them.

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