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

Researchers

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 Daniel López Gómez CareNet 

Social Inclusion, Disability Studies and Embodied perspectives

 

Dr Jordi Planella Ribera

 

PSINET | Psychology, Health & the Net

How to improve social support and increase quality of life through information and communication technologies (ICT)? How to reduce the impact of a chronic disease on daily life? Are smartphones really that bad for teenagers? Can we enhanced  the adoption of assistive technologies for ageing people? Is family context a key factor in frequency of ICT use? How to develop a psychological intervention for improving the perceived quality of life? Our starting point is that psychology has a crucial role in health promotion and the improvement of quality of life 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, children, teenagers or the elderly) both by professionals and citizens (ePacient).

Research topics:

  • Children, adolescents and ICT: problematic use and protective factors.
  • Ageing and assistive technologies  for autonomy and well-being.
  • Cognition and ICT: how multitasking impacts on learning outcomes
  • The impact of chronic diseases on daily life going into psychological variables as self-efficacy, coping strategies for empowerment.

Dr Eulàlia Hernández Encuentra

PSINET

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.
Dr Anna Gálvez Mozo