Programs featuring Gayle Stever

Media

Programs featuring Gayle Stever being interviewed by various media personnel.

#1 Phil deFanco show on YouTube, a featured guest on the subject of parasocial relationships, April, 2023.

https://youtu.be/cgaScqQNJe8?si=9xDydpvT1y3ppjM6

#2 Australian Broadcast Company podcast February 17, 2024

https://www.abc.net.au/listen/programs/allinthemind/moog-youtube-megastar-mental-health-parasocial-relationships/103402368?utm_campaign=abc_listen&utm_content=link&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_source=abc_listen

#3 Time Magazine piece on July 13, 2023, both print and video interviews.

https://time.com/6294226/parasocial-relationships-benefits/

#4 Podcast on parasocial relationships from June 22, 2021 (also featuring Riva Tukachinsky Forster)

https://neonnottingham...

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Understanding Media Psychology

Book

Understanding Media Psychology

by Gayle S. Stever, David C. Giles, J. David Cohen, and Mary E. Myers

Understanding Media Psychology is the perfect introductory textbook to the growing field of media psychology and its importance in society, summarizing key concepts and theories to provide an overview of topics in the field.

Media is present in almost every area of life today, and is an area of study that will only increase in importance as the world becomes ever more interconnected. Written by a team of expert authors, this book will help readers to understand the structures, influences and theories around media psychology...

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Chapter: Real Characters – The psychology of parasocial relationships with media characters

Book chapter

edited by Karen E. Shackleford PhD, published January 4, 2021

Gayle S. Stever: How Do Parasocial Relationships with Celebrities Contribute to Our Development Across the Lifespan?

Review here

More information here

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The Psychology of Celebrity

Book

Why are we fascinated by celebrities we’ve never met? What is the difference between fame and celebrity? How has social media enabled a new wave of celebrities?

The Psychology of Celebrity explores the origins of celebrity culture, the relationships celebrities have with their fans, how fame can affect celebrities, and what shapes our thinking about celebrities we admire. The book also addresses the way in which the media has been and continues to be an outlet for celebrities, culminating in the role of social media, reality television, and technology in our modern society.

Drawing on research featuring real life celebrities from the Kardashians to Michael Jackson, The Psychology of Celebrity shows us that celebrity influence can have both positive and negative outcomes and the impact th...

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Evolutionary Psychology and Mass Media

Research Paper

by Gayle S. Stever, November 2020

In book: The Sage Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology (pp.398). Publisher: Sage  Link to article.

Evolutionary theory as it relates to media psychology is often controversial (Grabe, 2011). A fundamental tenet relating the two fields posits that because our species has not had time, in an evolutionary sense, to adapt to media, we process mediated stimuli as if it were real (Reeves and Nass, 1996). So much violence is consumed through media that we as a society suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD; Restak, 1991). For example, a media portrayal of sexual assault can be a trigger for one’s own past experiences, possibly as powerful as perceiving such an event in real life...

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Fan studies in psychology: A road less traveled

Research Paper

by Gayle S. Stever, September 15, 2019

Transformative Works and Cultures, Vol. 30

This article describes the methods and materials used in my various studies of fan cultures in the years from 1988 to 2018. It delineates a mixed methods/multi-perspectivist approach and describes the process by which fan groups were selected and studied. Contrary to the concept of “aca-fan,” an academic who studies a fan group of which she or he is already a part, this article describes the engagement of a number of fan groups with whom I was not already involved. I traveled throughout North American and Europe in order to observe fan behavior across the lifespan and across a number of different cultures . Both pop star musicians’ fans and television fans were included...

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Theorizing Development of Parasocial Engagement

Research Paper

by Riva Tukachinsky, Gayle Stever, December 15, 2018

Communication Theory, Volume 29, Issue 3, August 2019, Pages 297–318

The article proposes a theoretical model of the development of parasocial relationships (PSRs) building on Knapp’s model of relationship development. Through synthesis of research across disciplines, the model conceptualizes the relational goals and parasocial interactions (PSIs) specific to the PSR. The model identifies variables that predict engagement at that level, describes the stage’s outcomes/effects, and considers the utility of existing measures to assess these stages. The conceptualization of PSRs as a dynamic process rather than intensity of a monolithic experience offers new directions worthy of empirical examination.

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Conference Paper: Theorizing development of parasocial experiences.

Conference Paper

by Riva Tukachinsky, Gayle S. Stever, May 2018

International Communication Association

The manuscript proposes an overarching theoretical model of parasocial experiences including parasocial interactions (PSIs), relationships (PSRs) and attachment (PSA). Building on Knapp’s model of relationship development, the model describes stages of media consumers’ development of PSRs with media figures from initiation (i.e., first encounter with the media persona) to integration (development of secondary attachment). Through synthesis of research across disciplines, the model conceptualizes the relational goals at each stage of the PSR, identifies variables that predict engagement at this level, and describes this stage’s outcomes/effects. PSIs specific to the PSR at each stage are discussed...

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Chapter: Social Media and Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development

Book chapter

by Lorraine Lander and Gayle S. Stever, September 2017

Handbook of Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development

The United Nations’ sustainable development goals cover a broad range of global problems and reaching those goals will require effort and education. Lifelong learning has become an essential part of modern life with rapidly changing technology, globalization, and increased urbanization, as well as environmental changes and the rise of green careers. Given the importance of sustainable development and global changes, it is important to identify effective ways of educating toward the UN’s goals...

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Conference Paper: Social Media and Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development

Conference Paper

by Lorraine Lander and Gayle S. Stever, March 2017

World Symposium on Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Development

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals cover a broad range of global problems and reaching those goals will require effort and education. Lifelong learning has become an essential part of modern life with rapidly changing technology, globalization, and increased urbanization, as well as environmental changes and the rise of green careers. Given the importance of sustainable development and global changes, it is important to identify effective ways of educating toward the UN’s goals...

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