Psychology 309E Special Topics:

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

Spring 2007, 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 Plant Sciences 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
1/24/2007
The Teaching Theater, HyperCourseware, & Cyberpsychology
MAN

1/26/2007
Introduction to CyberPsychology
RD_01
Proj_01: Class Roll Description
1/29/2007
Historical Perspectives in Psychology and Technology

Proj_02: Personal Computer History
1/31/2007
Technological Bases for Human/Computer Interaction
RD_02
Proj_03: CyberSurvey
2/2/2007
Biological Bases for Human/Computer Interaction


2/5/2007
Theoretical Perspectives in Human/Computer Interaction
RD_03
Discussion 1
2/7/2007
Models and Metaphors


2/9/2007
Research Methods
RD_04
Proj_04: User Testing
2/12/2007
Usability Testing


2/14/2007
Class Projects

Proj_05: Project Input
2/16/2007
Sensory Interfaces
RD_05
Discussion 2
2/19/2007
Motor Interfaces


2/21/2007
Learning and Memory at the Human/Computer Interface
RD_06
Proj_06: CyberMemory
2/23/2007
Retrieval


2/26/2007
Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science
RD_07

2/28/2007
Problem Solving with Computers

Discussion 3
3/2/2007
Search Strategies

Proj_07: Strategies
3/5/2007
Language and Programming
RD_08

3/7/2007
(continued)

Proj_08: HTML
3/9/2007
*** Midterm Exam ***


3/12/2007
Individual Differences and Computers
RD_09
Proj_09: SVA
3/14/2007
Class Projects


3/16/2007
Personality Online

Proj_10: Personality Tests
3/19/2007
Spring Break


3/26/2007
Motivation to Interact with Computers
RD_10
Proj_11: Computer Rage Survey
3/28/2007
Computer Rage

Discussion 4
3/31/2007
Class Projects


4/2/2007
Affect at the Human/Computer Interface


4/4/2007
Interpersonal Interfaces
RD_11

4/6/2007
Person Perception and Identity Online

Proj_12: Join an Online Community
4/9/2007
Online Communities


4/11/2007
CyberPathologies
RD_12

4/13/2007
CyberTheories Online


4/16/2007
Artificial Intelligence and Agents
RD_13
Discussion 5
4/18/2007
Automation and Its Effects

Proj_13: Automation
4/20/2007
Assistive Technologies
RD_14

4/23/2007
(no class)


4/25/2007
Augmented Cognition

Proj_14: Exam Questions
4/27/2007
Media and OnlineGames
RD_15
Discussion 6
4/30/2007
Class Projects


5/2/2007
Virtual Education and Edutainment


5/4/2007
The Future of Human/Computer Interaction
RD_16

5/7/2007
Presentation of Class Projects


5/9/2007
Presentation of Class Projects


5/16/2007
*** Final Exam *** ( 8:00 - 9:00 AM )