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Psychology and Technology

Below are some projects being conducted by members of the department relating to Psychology and Technology. For more detailed information about any of the projects please visit our staff or postgraduate pages.

 

Project Title: Cognitive Processing and ICT use: An investigation of information communication technology as a factor in speed of cognitive processing

Researchers: Dr. Marek McGann, Dr. Aoife McLoughlin

To date psychological research in the area of Information Communication Technology (ICT) use has generally focused on the effects of these technologies on social involvement (Kraut et al., 1998) and psychological wellbeing (Gross, Juvonen, & Gable, 2002; Kraut et al., 1998; Wästlund, Norlander, & Archer, 2001), with little conclusive research focusing on the possible effects of these technologies on individuals’ cognitive processes.  As individuals who use more ICT in their daily life have likely become more adept at dealing with multiple tasks at any given time, it is possible that they have experienced an increase in the speed at which they process information.  Recent research has highlighted the possibility that individuals who use more information communication technology experience pace of time differently to individuals who use less (McLoughlin, 2012), with research by Jones et al. (2011) highlighting a link between speed of information processing and pace of subjective time. This research aims to investigate whether individuals who use more ICT in their daily lives are capable of processing information at a faster rate than individuals who use less of these technologies.

 

Project Title: Investigation into students’ ability to evaluate web credibility.

Researchers: Michelle Glasheen, Dr. Marek McGann  

As internet use becomes increasingly ubiquitous, understanding the skills involved in interpreting information available (information literacy) becomes ever more important. Which aspects of information literacy skills are third-level students relying on when determining the credibility of the websites they use? Two key factors affecting perceived credibility are being investigated - ranking in search results and the availability of supporting information through citation and hyperlinked materials. This research set out to investigate the information literacy skills among third level students and to gain an understanding of the impact of these different facets of online content on perceived credibility of material read online.


 

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