Sherry Turkle (born 1948) is a clinical psychologist and a professor of the sociology of science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Born in New York City, she has focused her research on psychoanalysis and culture and on the psychology of people's relationship with technology, especially computer technology and computer addiction.
In Life on the Screen, Turkle claims that misrepresenting oneself in a MUD may be therapeutic. As far as women and computers are concerned, Turkle points out women's "non-linear" approach to the technology, calling it "soft mastery" and "bricolage" (as opposed to the "hard mastery" of linear, abstract thinking and computer programming).
Turkle has been referred to as "cybershrink" by parts of the media.