CfP: Emotions and Technology: Communication of Feelings for, with, and through Digital Media

Editors: Sharon Tettegah (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) & Richard E. Ferdig (Kent State University, USA)

Technology, learning, cognition and the social-emotional life focus on emotions and  affective interactions with and through technology.  In some cases, these interactions are user to user supported by the technology.  In other situations, these interactions are between the user and the technology.  Emotions and social interactions here refer to such things as anger, love, lust, jealousy, hatred demonstrated by either the human or the technology.  These interactions might happen with very human looking technologies (e.g. robots) or through everyday technologies (e.g. getting angry at an ATM machine that fails to follow directions).  Understanding the ways in which technology affords the mediation of emotions is important for a more enhanced understanding of learning, teaching, communicating and developing social relationships in the 21st century

A majority of the studies presented in this book will no doubt draw on some of the recent, pervasive, and ubiquitous technologies.  Readers can expect to see chapters that include such tools as mobile phones, iPads, digital games, simulations, MOOCs, and Web 2.0/3.0 technologies.  However, the focus of this book will be at the core of educational psychology concepts.  In other words, the technologies will showcase the interactions; however, the concepts will be relevant and consistent from current technologies to future tools.


This will be an edited book in order to compile the best and most recent work in the field.  Those areas include but are not limited to:


•    Understanding emotions

•    The role of affect and technology

•    Modeling emotions in virtual environments

•    Emoticons

•    Cognitive load and emotions

•    Emotions, technology and the brain

•    The ways emotion is communicated within technology environments


Individuals interested in submitting chapters (5000-8000 words) on the above-suggested topics or other related topics in their area of interest should submit via e-mail ( a 2-4 paragraph manuscript proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter by January 6, 2014. We strongly encourage other topics that have not been listed in our suggested list, particularly if the topic is related to the research area in which you have expertise.  You will be notified about your proposal by January 17, 2014.  Upon acceptance of your proposal, you will have until April 1, 2014, to prepare your chapter of 5,000-8000 words and 7-10 related terms and their appropriate definitions.  Final accepted chapters will be due June 30th, 2014.  Guidelines for preparing your paper and terms and definitions will be sent to you upon acceptance of your proposal. This book is scheduled for publishing by Elsevier with a 2015 copyright date.

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