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 Daniel López Gómez CareNet 

GRECIL | Cognition and Language Research Group

The Cognition and Language (GRECIL) research group specializes in studying language processing (specifically language acquisition), learning, assessment, intervention, understanding and production of language in adults and children with or without language-associated disorders (language development disorder, dyslexia, autism and neurodegenerative diseases). We study the phonological, grammatical, pragmatic, conceptual and referential aspects related with language processing and the development of these processes in children and adults, and also the intelligibility of their oral productions. To achieve this purpose, we use a number of descriptive and experimental methodologies. The most important lines of research are:

  1. Real-time lexical and morphosyntactic processing by children with specific language disorder (SLD).
  2. Statistical learning in children with specific language disorder (SLD).
  3. Audiovisual integration of speech in children with specific language disorder (SLD).
  4. Study of pragmatic skills in typical and pathological language development.
  5. Phonetics, phonology, gesture and pragmatics in typical and atypical language acquisition.

Dr Llorenç Andreu Barrachina


Social Inclusion, Disability Studies and Embodied perspectives


Dr Jordi Planella Ribera


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 ICT for health purposes.
  4. Social networking and chronic diseases.

Dr Eulàlia Hernández Encuentra


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