Psychology 444

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

Fall 2007, MWF 10:00am- 10:50am, 1129 PLS

Insturctor: Kent L Norman (klnorman@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 team projects. 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 444: CyberPsychology

DateTopicReadingsAssignments
8/29/2007
The Teaching Theater, HyperCourseware, & Cyberpsychology
MAN

8/31/2007
Introduction to CyberPsychology
RD_01
Proj_01: Class Roll Description
9/3/2007
(Labor Day -- No Class)


9/5/2007
Historical Perspectives in Psychology and Technology

Proj_02: Personal Computer History
9/7/2007
Technological Bases for Human/Computer Interaction
RD_02
Discussion 1
9/10/2007
Biological Bases for Human/Computer Interaction

Proj_03: CyberSurvey
9/12/2007
Theoretical Perspectives in Human/Computer Interaction
RD_03

9/14/2007
Models and Metaphors


9/17/2007
Research Methods
RD_04
Discussion 2
9/19/2007
Usability Testing

Proj_04: User Testing
9/21/2007
Usability Testing/Class Project

Proj_05: Project Input
9/24/2007
Sensory Interfaces
RD_05

9/26/2007
Motor Interfaces


9/28/2007
The Graphical User Interface
RD_06
Proj_06: Wikipedia Edit
10/1/2007
Learning at the Human/Computer Interface


10/3/2007
Memory at the Human/Computer Interface


10/5/2007
Problem Solving with Computers
RD_07
Discussion 3
10/8/2007
Search Strategies

Proj_07: Strategies
10/10/2007
Language and Programming
RD_08

10/12/2007
Class Projects

Proj_08: HTML
10/15/2007
Language and Programming (continued)


10/17/2007
*** Midterm Exam ***


10/19/2007
Individual Differences and Computers
RD_09
Proj_09: Personality Tests
10/22/2007
Personality Online


10/24/2007
Motivation to Interact with Computers
RD_10

10/26/2007
Computer Rage

Proj_10: Computer Rage Survey
10/29/2007
Affect at the Human/Computer Interface

Discussion 4
10/31/2007
Interpersonal Interfaces
RD_11

11/2/2007
Class Projects


11/5/2007
Person Perception and Identity Online


11/7/2007
Online Communities

Proj_11: Join an Online Community
11/9/2007
CyberPathologies
RD_12

11/12/2007
CyberTheories Online


11/14/2007
Automation and Its Effects

Proj_12: Automation
11/16/2007
Artificial Intelligence and Agents
RD_13
Discussion 5
11/19/2007
Assistive Technologies
RD_14

11/21/2007
Class Projects


11/23/2007
(Thanksgiving Break -- No Class)


11/26/2007
Augmented Cognition


11/28/2007
Media and OnlineGames
RD_15
Discussion 6
11/30/2007
Virtual Education and Edutainment

Proj_13: New Media
12/3/2007
The Future of Human/Computer Interaction
RD_16

12/5/2007
(continued and review)


12/7/2007
Presentation of Class Projects (Teams 1-3)


12/10/2007
Presentation of Class Projects (Teams 4-6)


12/19/2007
*** Final Exam *** ( 8:00 - 10:00 AM )