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Beyond the pleasure principle.

Personal HighlightsSymposium: Psychology and the World-Wide Web. In 1995, I was co-primary investigator with a team that had just earned a large NSF grant for “Project Drag-onfly: An Alliance of Scientists, Teachers, and Children for Elementary Science Education,” and I was eager to exchange views with others working on the still fledgling World-Wide Web. I organized a symposium titled Psy-chology and the World-Wide Web (Wolfe, 1995b) and presented a paper, “The Dragonfly’s Web: Courseware for Children Created by College Students on the World-Wide Web” (Wolfe, 1995a; Wolfe & Myers, 1996). Arguably, the more sensible thing for me to have done would have been to present my work to an education conference, but I have always identified myself as a research psychologist and I was primarily interested in learning about what other psychologists were doing on the Web.This was long before Google, even before Lycos and Yahoo were private companies, when their predecessors were at Carnegie Mellon and Stanford, respectively. Scott Mainwaring, then a graduate student at Stanford, pre-sented a comprehensive collection of links to Web sites pertaining to psychology and psychological research. His talk was entitled “Compilation and Use of a World-Wide Web Index of Cognitive and Psychological Science Re-sources” (Mainwaring, 1996). It is hard to believe that at that time it was still possible to compile such an index by hand when today Google returns about 62 million hits for the search term “psychology.