John Suler, Ph.D.'s Resources on the Internet
Department of Psychology, Rider University


Other Cyberpsychology Resources on the Internet

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Contact Consortium
The Virtual Community (online book by Howard Rheingold
Electric Communities (collection of articles)
MOO/MU* Document Library
Internet Philosophy and Psychology (Alan Sondheim's collection of essays)
Storm A. King's Home Page (collection of articles)
Psychology of the Internet: Research & Theory (mailing list)
Cybermind (mailing list)
NetPsy - Internet Psychology (mailing list)
Netdynam (mailing list)
Bibliography of articles on Computer Mediated Communication
CMC Studies Center
Cybersoc: Sociological and ethnographic research of cyberspace

The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

JCMC is a joint project of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California and the Information Systems Division of School of Business Administration, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Editors are Margaret McLaughlin and Sheizaf Rafaeli.

Contact Consortium

The Contact Consortium was born out of CONTACT: Cultures of the Imagination, a fifteen year old organization which has engaged anthropologists, space scientists, fiction writers and others in pioneering exercises simulating human contact with other intelligences. The Contact Consortium was formed to become a focus for the theme of human culture and contact in digital space.

The Virtual Community

An online book by Howard Rheingold. The table of contents includes:

Electric Communities

This site contains an interesting collection of articles about cyberspace communities and culture, especially concerning the visual/spatial habitats. "Here at Electric Communities, we are examining the types of commerce that can currently be conducted on the Internet, identifying the technical and social barriers to achieving a fully integrated and accessible system for conducting commerce in the context of human society, and creating a set of elements that will enable this new medium to reach its full potential."

MOO/MU* Document Library

A large collection of tutorials, manuals, FAQs and research papers on the MOOs and MUDs. The articles address such topics as gender-swapping, gender differences, group and community dynamics, and identity management. Includes links to other MOO and MUD information sites.

Internet Philosophy and Psychology

Alan Sondheim's collection of essays about cyberspace. "INTERNET TEXT is a meditation on the philosophy, psychology, political economy, and psychoanalytics of Internet (computer) communication. It describes the phenomenology of the "electronic subject," the user who is plugged into the computer as a correspondent or researcher.... The Internet Text consists of hundreds of sections written over a period of two years, a continuous meditation on cyberspace, emphasizing issues of interiority, subjectivity, body, and language."

Storm A. King's Home Page

Storm King, an active researcher on the internet, has an excellent collection of articles about the psychology of cyberspace, cyberspace relationships, and virtual support groups and psychotherapy.

The Psychology of the Internet: Research & Theory

This mailing list discusses research and theory on the psychology of the Internet. The topics that are appropriate to this list are broadly defined, but can include such things as: how to conduct psychological research via the Internet; theory behind virtual support groups; on-line psychotherapy; "Internet Addiction Disorder"; and the psychology of various on-line phenomenon, such as flame wars, relationships, etc. All who are interested in participating in this type of discussion are encouraged to subscribe. It is polite to send an introductory message to the list introducing yourself, a little bit about your background, and what you might hope to gain from participation on the list. The list's owner is John Grohol:

Send email to: LISTPROC@CMHC.COM

In the body of the message type:

SUBSCRIBE RESEARCH yourfirstname yourlastname


This is a list dedicated to an examination of online group dynamics: the purpose will be to examine the process itself of writing through listservers -- perceptions of the other participants, the dynamics of flame wars, power and persuasion, what is effective communication and why....

This will ideally be done in an atmosphere of mutual support and trust but it -- emphatically -- will not be group psychotherapy. The purpose of the list will be the search for dynamic principles of online mailing lists in general.

The operation of the list will be as open and non-directive as possible, based on the Tavistock model of group dynamics projects where rules and explicit expectations are initially kept in abeyance so that they may emerge, be examined and formulated, spontaneously.

One important advantage of email for this kind of project is that every piece of data (piece of email) can be looked at and compiled -- statistically perhaps -- and participants are encouraged to develop testable hypotheses about online group dynamics.

All messages regarding your NetDynam subscription should go to:

To subscribe to NetDynam send
subscribe netdynam (your-first-name, your-last-name)

It is possible to subscribe to the list in index (table of contents) and digest (one mailing with all messages for the day). This can be accomplished by sending mail to with the message: SET NETDYNAM INDEX or SET NETDYNAM DIGEST

Archives of NetDynam mail items are kept in weekly files. You may obtain a list of files in the archives by sending either of the commands: INDEX NETDYNAM or GET NETDYNAM FILELIST to the listserver.

Archived messages are accessible only by current subscribers, but subscription to NetDynam is public (unrestricted).

More information on listserver operation and commands can be obtained with the message: GET LISTSERV REFCARD

If you have any problem or would like more information about the NetDynam list, please contact: Storm A. King (



We are all dwelling in cyberspace, coursing through the wires, becoming cyborg and becoming human. We are subjects of a realm which is totally charted, and completely unknown. CYBER-MIND is devoted to an examination of the new subjectivities that have emerged and might yet emerge in this arena. We are interested in particular in the philosophical, psychological/psychoanalytic and social issues engendered, particularly as they concern the user and the social.

Some issues that might be relevant: the psychology of intimacy, the role of gender, the phenomenology of the terminal screen, neurosis and paranoia on the Net, the relationship of lag to community and communi- cation, sex/gender/sexual orientation theory and electronic subjectivity, the role of the symbolic or imaginary in computer communication, the implications of symbolic extensions of the human ("external memory", and so forth), fantasy and the hallucinatory aspects of email/USENET groups/MUDs, and the psychoanalysis of lurking.

This will be an "open list" - posts on all aspects of the above issues and more will be welcomed. It will be open to general discussion, group readings of published works, and the sharing and critique of participants' works -in-progress. We would stress, however, that our intent is to explore these issues in the broadest sense. Discussions focused on IRC, MUD's/MOO's, Virtual Reality, etc. are already readily available on the Internet. While it is perfectly acceptable to discuss these issues when relevant, we do wish to discourage threads that are too narrowly limited to any particular medium or "sub-realm" of cyberspace. Similarly, while critical examination of cyberpunk literature can yield important insights, and we will welcome discussion of work in that genre, "fan"-type discussion of cyberpunk, of the type available on alt.cyberpunk, etc., is not appropriate on this list.

One concern we hope to address is the way in which much theoretical work on cyberspace to date reflects an exclusive, hegemonic bias, thus foreclosing some of the most interesting and radical of possibilities for the development of Net culture. We plan to challenge ourselves and the list members to integrate issues of race, sex, class and multiculturalism in our efforts to think cyberspace together.

We believe this list will be an important forum for opening up new perspectives on cyberspace and cyberculture, and are anxious and excited to begin a dialogue with all interested parties on the types of issues we have described here. Our list is open to all interested parties, be they academics, Net "technicians," or ordinary citizens of cyberspace who wish to join us in thinking and discussing the present and future of this fascinating, exciting, and sometimes frustrating realm - and, ultimately, of ourselves.

To subscribe, send the message:

subscribe cybermind


You should recieve a message confirming your subscription. If you have any difficulties, or more general questions, contact the list-owners: - or -

The Cybermind web site is located at

NetPsy - Internet Psychology

This mailing list is a forum for the discussion of the psychological and psychotherapeutic services delivered via all aspects of the Internet. This list is conceived of as a forum for psychologists and mental health workers interested in discussing the interactions, problems, and disorders arising out of the use of the Internet; as well as the treatments developing to treat existing and developing disorders via the Internet.

NetPsy is an open, unmoderated list, but it is NOT a support group and it is NOT a forum for anyone seeking psychological services over the Internet. The list owners do NOT advocate using the Internet to provide therapy, but only wish to provide a forum to discuss the ways that the Internet is being (and can be) used to create or maintain personal and/or professional and therapeutic relationships.

Examples of relevant topics include (but are not limited to) the following; * Ethical and legal considerations.

* Online demographics.
* Influences of the *online community* in the lives of users.
* The development of online love affairs and relationships.
* New additions to mental-health terminology and symbols related to affective expressions; new behavioral patterns online.
* Interpersonal effects of current and evolving forms of online technology.
* Innovative uses of online technology to treat disorders as classified in DSM-IV.
* Reviews of resource sites, newsletters, and mail groups related to mental health online; and short editorials or comments on various topics of elevance to psychology online.
* Effects of not having visual or auditory feedback in interpersonal communications ? (both group and individual)
* Effect of defense mechanisms upon Internet communications.
* Factors that limit the use of the Internet to provide therapy.
* Unique factors that make the Internet useful for providing therapy.
* The value of referring clients to on-line self-help groups.
* Establishing moderated lists to provide group therapy.
* Pro-bono efforts as opposed to charging for services.
* Using the Internet to assist Disaster Mental Health efforts.

To subscribe to this list send

subscribe NetPsy (your first name, your last name) to

owner & co-moderator: Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D. Self-Help & Psychology Magazine CST Professional Center

co-moderator: Storm A. King (, Student, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology

Bibliography of articles on Computer-Mediated Communication

This is John December's selected listing of items related to Computer-Mediated Communication, the Internet, and network information infrastructure and use.

CMC Studies Center

- This Web site is dedicated to serving the needs of researchers, students, teachers, and practitioners interested in the study of human communication via computers. This field of study is called Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC). People interested in CMC study a range of phenomena--from the dynamics of group communication in Usenet news articles to how people use hypertext to shape meaning. The CMC Studies Center helps people share information, make contacts, collaborate, and learn about developments and events.


- Robin Hamman's site. Cybersoc is an online resource for social scientists interested in the study of the internet, cyberspace, computer mediated communication, and online communities.