Psychology, technology and society

The transformations of the information society have a profound psychological dimension: they entail changes in cognitive functions and in emotions, and in the ways we behave, relate and organize ourselves; in addition, these changes are related to the emergence of new needs and problems in pace with new ways and means of providing a response and intervening in them. This line offers an open and multidisciplinary approach to the complexity of these psychological changes, articulating their biological, psychological and social dimension and integrating the various contexts in which these changes occur, be it in the field of health, organizations or social action.

Research groups and topic areas / Thesis proposals


Research group websites

CareNet | Care & Preparedness in the Network Society

CareNet aims to understand the impact of technologies, particularly ICT, in the social and cultural reconfiguration of care and preparedness in the network society. This interest builds upon our interdisciplinary background in science and technology studies (STS), disability studies, digital sociology and social psychology.

  1. Science and technology studies (STS).
  2. Technological and social innovations for later life and independent living.
  3. The reconfiguration of care in a context of crisis: self-help groups, mutual support and communities of care.   
  4. Concerned groups and technoscientific activism.
  5. Sensing technologies, public awareness and participation
  6. Technoscience and politics of emergencies, crisis and disasters.
  7. Urban infrastructures of care: Socio-spatial relations on labour, care and the body.
  8. Disability, gender and sexuality. 
Dr López Gómez, Daniel CareNet 

GRECIL | Cognition and Language Research Group

The researchers in this group study the following subject areas:

1) Understanding and production of language in adults and children with or without language-associated pathologies.

2) Assessment of communication and language development.

3) Language disorders.

Dr Andreu Barrachina, Andreu


LES | Laboratory of Social Education

The Laboratory of Social Education was founded as a research group with the aim of studying, analysing and reflecting upon current and future issues in the field of social education. The Laboratory of Social Education was created with the idea of connecting research with the experience of people working in the various professional fields of social work. Its lines of research are meant to engage directly with concerns arising from the social and educational sphere.

Research topics range between the body, ethnic minorities, groups that experience exclusion and social action in pedagogical contexts.

1.    Disability studies.
2.    Body studies and education.
3.    Work and social education.
4.    Educational training and ethnic minorities.
5.    School and social education.

Dr Planella Ribera, Jordi


PSINET | Psychology, Health & the Net

PSiNET is a research group working from the point of view of psychology and is committed to promoting health and improving the quality of life of people through information and communication technologies (ICT). Our lines of work aim at the analysis of how ICTs are used for health development amongst different populations (rare diseases, chronic pain, children, teenagers or the elderly) both by professionals and citizens (ePacient), in different contexts, and addressing organizational and personal aspects (eg. how the use of ICT affects cognitive processes). These are our key themes:

1) Adolescents and ICT for health purposes.
2) Cognition and ICT.
3) Ageing and ICTfor health purposes.
4) Social networking and chronic diseases.

Dr Hernández Encuentra, Eulàlia



TRAGSO| Work, Gender and Society 

TRAGSO studies a) the balance between family, work and personal lives and the role played by ICT in this from the viewpoint of both workers and organisations; and b) new labour models based on precariousness. We address these issues through a gender angle. We study a) the transformations arising in families and personal lives as the concept of work changes through intensive use of ICTs and teleworking; b) the key factors and dynamics of the organizational culture that impact upon the development of teleworking as a form of work that promotes new work/life balances; c how the new labour models (characterized by precariousness and flexibility) impact and shape workers’ life and their future projects.

1.  Balancing family, work and personal life
2. Gender, precariousness and new working patterns
3. The impact of new working patterns on people's life plans
4. Teleworking and other models of flexible working
5. Flexi-precariousness
6. Well-being of academics (teachers, researchers and postdoctoral students) in the context of neoliberal academy from a gender perspective.

Dra. Gálvez Mozo, Anna