Call: The Social Impact of Deep Fakes issue of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking


The Social Impact of Deep Fakes
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
(Latest Impact Factor: 2.650)

Guest Editors:

Jeremy Bailenson, PhD
Stanford University

Jeff Hancock, PhD
Stanford University

Deadline for Manuscript Submission: March 1, 2020

The era of deep fakes is upon us. Images, audio, videos, and textual information can easily be transformed or generated from scratch with AI technology. While synthetic media has been possible for decades, due to advances in machine learning and computer vision, now the transformations can occur in real-time. Also, the technology has migrated from specialized labs to apps anyone can buy for a few dollars.

There has been ample work done in computer science on automatic generation and detection of deep fakes, but to date there have only been a handful of social scientists who have examined the social impact of deep fakes. Most of this initial work concerns the ability of humans to detect them. It is time to understand any possible effects deep fakes might have on people, and how psychological and media theories apply to this new technology.

We are seeking original articles on the following topics related to the psychological dynamics around deep fakes. Research topics might include:

  • The impact of receiving altered versions of oneself and/or others
  • How exposure to deep fakes undermines trust in media
  • Possible therapeutic interventions based on deep fakes
  • How technological immersion interacts with deep fakes
  • How enduring and resilient deep fakes can be
  • Are strategies around debunking or countering deep fakes effective?
  • Understanding the use of deep fakes in self-presentation during social interaction

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*Submitting Authors: Please indicate in your Cover Letter that your paper is for the Deep Fakes Special Issue

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking is the premier peer-reviewed journal for authoritative research on understanding the social, behavioral, and psychological impact of today’s social networking practices, including Twitter, Facebook, and internet gaming and commerce. Highly regarded as the go-to source in the field, the Journal has been at the forefront of social networking and virtual reality for over 20 years. It is known for its rapid communication articles and in-depth studies surrounding the effects of interactive technologies on behavior and society, both positive and negative.

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  • Fast and user-friendly electronic submission
  • Rapid, high-quality peer review
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  • Open Access options available


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