ICT and psychology studies

ICT and psychology studies

Idea and programme

Informatics, as a branch of science, is characterised by its ubiquity and diversity of application. This is why it is becoming more and more interdisciplinary. Fields overlapping various areas of research are: Computer Supported Collaborative Work, Human-Computer Interface Design, Affective Computing, Social Informatics. Emotion recognition, computer- generated, emotionally expressive face design are new challenges in this area. All of these are linked by their connection to both informatics and psychology.

Usually, when thinking about psychology, we don’t immediately associate it with technical novelties in the field of informatics. However, if we look at psychology through the development of computer technology, we see how much change it has brought. The changes we are witnessing – among others the development of broadly understood informatics tools – became a fundamental force in shaping identity, cognitive processes and emotional and social activities of people. Not only the frequency of social interactions has changed, their very essence is different too. 

Video games can be a great example of that, since they allow for building virtual relations, often disconnected from social norms and values of the player’s everyday life. As we look on, the technological development changes focal points for psychology. Instead of researching physical interactions, psychologists are studying mediated relations between humans in a virtual world, often involving virtual characters.

The technological development, on the other hand, fuels changes in the very core of psychology. It modifies and broadens the scope of tools which can be used by researchers. Starting with somatic reaction sensors (perspiration, eye movement, muscle contractions), through scanners providing detailed info about the structure and reactions of the human brain to tools enabling researchers to monitor behavior – both in real and internet world.

All of this has changed and continues to influence the way we practice psychology. It can be seen best in the way psychological research is conducted. The most spectacular example of informatics influencing the collection and analysis of psychological data is the area of big data. Over the last couple of years, research facilities all around the world began creating huge databases, cataloguing human behavior in a previously unseen level of detail. If used correctly, this data allows for posing wholly new research questions. Let us imagine a database on taxi rides in New York (such base actually exists). Is there a set of data better suited for researching the connection between social class and generosity? Databases allow for monitoring the influence of environmental and social factors on human behavior and psychological condition. They should be utilized by psychologists who often do not have a suitable background to make use of them. Computer sciences, on the other hand, require a basic knowledge of psychology if they are to be used for creating a virtual environment such as social media or websites with scientific and  informational contents.

The doctoral studies we’re proposing are a combination of psychology and computer sciences. They are our answer to the growing demand for interdisciplinary education and new challenges posed to psychology and computer sciences.

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Notice on Inter-University Interdisciplinary Doctoral Studies – Psychology & Computer Science (MISD – P&I) – ICT & Psychology

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