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Feeling Present in the Physical World and in Computer-Mediated Environments


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cyberpsychology book series (PASCY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. John Waterworth, Giuseppe Riva
    Pages 1-9
  3. John Waterworth, Giuseppe Riva
    Pages 10-25
  4. John Waterworth, Giuseppe Riva
    Pages 26-44
  5. John Waterworth, Giuseppe Riva
    Pages 45-56
  6. John Waterworth, Giuseppe Riva
    Pages 57-77
  7. John Waterworth, Giuseppe Riva
    Pages 78-90
  8. John Waterworth, Giuseppe Riva
    Pages 91-95
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 96-115

About this book


This concise volume presents for the first time a coherent and detailed account of why we experience feelings of being present in the physical world and in computer-mediated environments, why we often don't, and why it matters - for design, psychotherapy, tool use and social creativity amongst other practical applications.


Presence social presence interaction flow networked flow optimal experiences positive psychology HCI design evolution cognitive science consciousness activity theory neuroscience self embodiment action intention psychology perception computer creativity environment media psychotherapy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Umeå UniversitySweden
  2. 2.Catholic University of MilanItaly

About the authors

John Waterworth is a full Professor of Informatics and member of the Q-life research group at Umeå University, Sweden. His recent research has focused on the subjective experience and psychological impact of using new IT on quality of life and health. With about 200 publications to his name, he is best known for his work on topics such as information exploration, the experience of presence and creativity in mediated environments.

Giuseppe Riva is Associate Professor of General Psychology and Communication Psychology at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy and Head Researcher of the Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology Laboratory, Italy. As well as being President of the International Association of CyberPsychology, Training, and Rehabilitation, Riva is Editor in Chief for the Open Access journals Psychnology and Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine.

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