News, events and research from the cyberpsychology team in IADT.

MSc in Cyberpsychology graduate invited to present research at International Cyber Security Strategy Congress

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Ms Nicola Fortune, recent graduate of IADT’s MSc in Cyberpsychology (DL904), has been invited to present her dissertation research at the International Cyber Security Strategy Congress (ICSS2015) organised by the Belgian Cybercrime Centre of Excellence for Training, Research and Education.

The congress will be held in Leuven, Belgium on 4th and 5th February 2015. Ms Fortune’s research was supervised by Dr. Grainne Kirwan, and examined how law enforcement personnel working with distressing material online could be supported in their work.

The cross-cultural research involved the conduction of semi-structured interviews with law enforcement personnel exposed to distressing material online as part of their work. The study found that investigators exposed to such material experience stress from several sources, and that other factors such as poor management, high workloads and limited resources also play a role in the stress experienced. The research highlights the importance of providing support to reduce these stressors. It also recommends the introduction of high quality training which would facilitate positive coping strategies amongst law enforcement personnel.

Further details on the congress are available from www.icss2015.EU

IADT staff contribute insights to new Cyberpsychology book

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A new book, Cyberpsychology, published by Oxford University Press, features many contributions from staff of IADT. Chapters were contributed by Head of Faculty for Film, Art and Creative Technologies, Dr Andrew Power and IADT lecturers Hannah Barton, Cliona Flood, Dr Brendan Rooney, Dr Irene Connolly, Dr Olivia Hurley and Dr Grainne Kirwan. The book is edited by Dr Alison Attrill, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, The University of Wolverhampton.

Cyberpsychology provides a broad-ranging, thought-provoking account of online behaviour and the opportunities, challenges, and risks such behaviour presents. Written by an international team of authors, the book provides diverse perspectives on the impact our interaction with the online landscape has on identity and behaviour.

The book follows on from another produced last year by the cyberpsychology team at IADT, Cyberpsychology and New Media, published by the Psychology Press andCybercrime: The Psychology of Online Offenders, published by Cambridge University Press and co-authored by Dr Grainne Kirwan and Dr Andrew Power. Links to these publications are below.

Cyberpsychology and New Media

Cybercrime: The Psychology of Online Offenders,3192,en.html

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IADT cyberpsychology lecturer joins Editorial Board of Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking

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Dr Gráinne Kirwan, IADT cyberpsychology and psychology lecturer, has joined the Editorial Board of Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking at the invitation of the journal.

Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking is a peer-reviewed journal for understanding the social and psychological impact of today’s social networking practices. The Journal has followed the trend of social networking and virtual reality for the past 15 years.

This invitation recognises Dr Kirwan’s expertise and experience in cyberpsychology. Dr Kirwan developed the MSc in Cyberpsychology at IADT and has been the author of books, book chapters and articles on different aspects of cyberpsychology. Dr Kirwan and Dr Andrew Power, Head of Faculty of Film, Art and Creative Technologies at IADT, edited the book ‘Cyberpsychology and New Media: A thematic reader’.

Congratulations to Dr Kirwan.