IADT’s MSc in Cyberpsychology research published by Psychology Press

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Lecturers and graduates of the CCTA at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) recently contributed to a reader onCyberpsychology and New Media(published by Psychology Press).

The book features the research of seventeen graduates of the MSc in Cyberpsychology in IADT, and was developed by them, in conjunction with their supervisors and co-authors from the Department of Technology and Psychology. The book was edited by Dr. Andrew Power and Dr. Grainne Kirwan of the Faculty of Film, Art and Creative Technology in IADT.

The MSc in Cyberpsychology has been taught in IADT since September 2006. Cyberpsychology examines how we interact with others using technology, how our behaviour is influenced by such technology, and how our psychological states can be affected by such technologies. It also considers how technology can be designed so that it best complements human capabilities and weaknesses, and provides guidance on how systems can be developed that are intuitive and easy to use. While much of cyberpsychology focuses on how the Internet affects humans, there is a considerable body of research that examines how other technologies can influence us. Much of this research examines the application of Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to psychological settings, such as therapy and education.

CCTA staff who contributed to the book include Hannah Barton, Dr. Irene Connolly, Cliona Flood, Dr. John Greaney, Dr. Olivia Hurley, Dr. Marion Palmer and Dr. Brendan Rooney, along with former IADT staff member Dr. Ellen Brady. The research studies described in the book are divided into four main themes: Communication; Personality and Internet Use; Internet Interventions and Therapies; and Internet and Education. The research examined in the book covers topics as diverse as blogs, social networking, mobile phone separation, online dating, web design, virtual worlds, cybercrime, online therapy, education and artificial intelligence.

Cyberpsychology and New Media is available from many online retailers, including Amazon and the Psychology Press website (www.psypress.com). The book is suitable for the general reader, but is particularly relevant for undergraduate and postgraduate students of psychology and/or computer science.