Psychology 309 Special Topics:
CyberPsychology: Psychology in the Age of Computers
Spring 2000, MWF 11:00am- 11:50am, CSS 1410
Insturctor: Kent L Norman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office: 3123F BPS
In this course we will explore psychological processes and issues as they are changing and emerging in the brave new world of computers and the Internet.
For years futurists have talked about the radical changes that would occur in the age of computers. They said that we would think and behave differently; our educational systems would be revolutionized; our jobs would be computerized; and our social networks and institutions would be electronic.
Indeed today we are experiencing rapid changes in technology and the retooling of schools, offices, factories, and homes to include or center around personal and not-so-personal computers. Projections in industry are that this is only the beginning.
In this class we will look at the full range of topics normally covered in an introductory course in psychology--but which need to be rewritten in the age of computers. What are the new problems in sensory and perception as they relate to computer screens and virtual environments? How have demands on human learning and memory changed and how can we use the computer to help? What is the impact of email and on-line communities on social processes? How is the human mind coping with new sources of stress in the automated environment? Is CyberTherapy possible?
The course will include lectures, class discussion, and short field trips. Class sessions will be held in the aITs Teaching Theater, a state-of-the-art electronic classroom. All assignments, readings, and exams will be on the Web.Grades will be based on a midterm (25%), a final exam (25%), individual projects, participation, and homework (25%) and a collaborative class project (25%).
1/31 The Teaching Theater and HyperCourseware MAN 2/2 Introduction to CyberPsychology RD1 Proj1 2/4 History, Literacy, and Fundamentals RD2 Proj2 2/7 (continued) 2/9 WWW Browsing for Psychology RD3 Disc1 2/11 WWW Research in Psychology RD4 Proj3 2/14 The I/O Interface (Senory/Motor) RD5 Proj4 2/16 (continued) 2/18 Multimedia Methods and Perception RD6 Proj5 2/21 (continued) 2/23 Storage and Retrieval (Memory) RD7 Disc2 2/25 Databases and the Knowledge Proj6 2/28 Cognition (Thinking and Problem Solving) RD8 3/1 (continued) Proj7 3/3 Artificial Intelligence and Agents RD9 Disc3 3/6 (continued) 3/8 Software Psychology RD10 Proj8 3/10 Language (Fortran to Java) 3/13 (continued) RD11 3/15 *** Midterm Exam *** 3/17 Projects Proj9 3/20 *** Spring Break *** 3/27 Human/Computer Interaction RD12 Proj10 3/29 Designing the Interface 3/31 HTML RD13 4/3 Virtual Worlds / Games RD14 Disc4 4/5 Digital Worlds / Consciousness Proj11 4/7 (continued) 4/10 Social Processes in CyberSpace RD15 4/12 Life on the Internet Disc5 4/14 Personality, Avatars, and Stuff 4/17 Psychological Testing and Measurement RD16 Proj12 4/19 (continued) 4/21 Virtual Communities and Universities 4/24 WebCourseware RD17 Disc6 4/26 (continued) 4/28 CyberPathology and Psychotherapy 5/1 CyberShrink RD18 5/3 (continued) 5/5 Global Minds / Class Projects 5/8 Local Minds / Class Projects / Future 5/19 *** Final Exam *** (8:00 - 10:00 AM)