Explore an ever-growing and complex field, and develop an in-depth understanding as to how humans interact with technology and the online environment.
Cyberpsychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour in the context of human-technology interaction. It examines the online world and its impact on human behaviour. Cyberpsychology is an essential area of expertise for anyone who wishes to make the most of online technologies for commercial, educational, organisational or other reasons. Cyberpsychology also considers the impact of new technologies on users, from the latest mobile devices and gaming systems to consumer-oriented virtual reality equipment.
This course considers what motivates people in online settings including online shopping, dating and gaming. It examines why some people display problematic internet use; what motivates cybercriminals; how students can learn effectively online; and how organisations can best utilise the internet. This course is suitable for anyone who wonders what the psychological basis is for cyberbullying or why social networking sites and online media are so popular.
What modules will I study?
Classes are held over two academic years and involve learning and classes which can be a mix of lectures, videos, practical work and informal discussions around important topics in cyberpsychology. Students complete a research project during the second year, and are encouraged to present their work through conference papers and journal articles. There is also a series of study skills seminars including essay writing, referencing and researching.