Psychology 309 Special Topics:

CyberPsychology: An Introduction to the Psychology of Human/Computer Interaction

Fall 2005, MWF 11:00am- 11:50am, 1129 PLS

Insturctor: Kent L Norman (kent_norman@lap.umd.edu)
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%).

Syllabus

Psyc 309: CyberPsychology

DateTopicReadingsAssignments
8/31/2005
The Teaching Theater, HyperCourseware, & Cyberpsychology
MAN

9/2/2005
Introduction to CyberPsychology
RD_01
Proj_01: Class Roll Description
9/7/2005
Historical Perspectives

Proj_02: Personal Computer History
9/9/2005
Technological Bases for HCI
RD_02
Proj_03: CyberSurvey
9/12/2005
Biological Bases for HCI


9/14/2005
Theoretical Perspectives
RD_03
Discussion 1
9/16/2005
Models and Metaphors


9/19/2005
Resarch Methods
RD_04
Proj_04: User Testing
9/21/2005
Usability Testing


9/23/2005
Class Projects

Proj_05: Project Input
9/26/2005
Sensory Interfaces
RD_05
Discussion 2
9/28/2005
Motor Interfaces


9/30/2005
Learning and Memory
RD_06
Proj_06: CyberMemory
10/3/2005
Retrieval


10/5/2005
Cognitive Psychology
RD_07
Proj_07: Strategies
10/7/2005
Problem Solving

Discussion 3
10/10/2005
Search Strategies


10/12/2005
Language and Programming
RD_08
Proj_08: HTML
10/14/2005
(continued)


10/17/2005
*** Midterm Exam ***


10/19/2005
Individual Differences
RD_09
Proj_09: SVA
10/21/2005
Class Projects


10/24/2005
Personality

Proj_10: Personality Tests
10/26/2005
Motivation
RD_10

10/28/2005
Affect at the Interface

Discussion 4
10/31/2005
Computer Rage

Proj_11: Computer Rage Survey
11/2/2005
Interpersonal Interfaces
RD_11

11/5/2005
Class Projects


11/7/2005
Person Perception and Identity


11/9/2005
Communities

Proj_12: Join an Online Community
11/11/2005
CyberPathologies
RD_12

11/14/2005
CyberShrink

Discussion 5
11/16/2005
Artificial Intelligence and Agents
RD_13

11/18/2005
Automation

Proj_13: Automation
11/21/2005
Assisting Technologies
RD_14

11/23/2005
(continued)


11/25/2005
Thanksgiving Break


11/28/2005
Augmented Cognition

Discussion 6
11/30/2005
Media
RD_15

12/2/2005
Class Projects


12/5/2005
Education: WebCourseware


12/7/2005
The Future of HCI
RD_16
Proj_14: Personal Projections
12/9/2005
Global Minds / Class Projects:


12/12/2005
Local Minds / Class Projects:


12/17/2005
*** Final Exam *** ( 8:00 - 10:00 AM )