Positive Psychology & Technology

Course typeExchange
Course sectorPsychology
Course duration5 months
ECTS30
SemesterFall (Sept. - Jan)
LocationDeventer
For partners ofSchool of Applied Psychology and Human Resource Management

This broadening programme focuses on human possibilities and impossibilities in an ever faster changing environment.  Change that is largely driven by new technology. How can Positive Psychology and Technology facilitate optimal experiences (‘flow experiences’) and psychological well-being?

High-tech innovations are the order of the day and affect every part of our society and personal life. Yet for many people it is a real challenge to learn to acquire these new technologies and to make use of all the possibilities they offer. This raises interesting questions about the learning process people go through and how to improve it. Positive Psychology and Technology gives you the opportunity to develop tools, to learn about these processes and helps to increase awareness of strength, self-efficacy, well-being, self-regulation and resilience of people in a changing world.

Also curious about the synthesis of technology and positive psychology? Then Positive Psychology & Technology is the programma for you!

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Structure 

The programme consists of the following courses: 

  • Brain & Technology: Science Fiction Prototyping
  • Positive Psychology
  • Usability design
  • Persuasive Technology
  • Research & Project management
  • Masterclasses: guest lectures by professionals in the field of psychology & technology
  • Ethics: ‘Mind the Gap’
  • App prototyping
  • Research project: researching, implementing or evaluating technology in a psychological setting

You'll prepare and join classes, both theoretical and practical. Furthermore, you'll make assignments outside of classes (independent study time) in groups as well as individually. Finally, over the course of this minor program you will (learn how to) plan and execute a research project. We expect students to be curious, interested, pro-active and goal-oriented.

The various course components will be assessed in different way: assignments, reports and tests.

Content

What causes users to quickly embrace one technology and reject another? When designing technology, which factors do you need to take into account? Which learning styles and personalities are more efficient when it comes to dealing with technology? How do we handle an information overload? Can we actually multitask and if not, (how) can we learn? How can we use technology to stimulate healthy behavior? How can we enhance effective patterns of behavior, cognitions, and emotions? How can Positive Psychology facilitate optimal experiences (‘flow experiences’) and psychological well-being using technology? How can we increase awareness of strength, self-efficacy, well-being, self-regulation and resilience of people in a changing world.
Is intuitive design essential for effective use of technology? And what ethical questions do the ever increasing technological possibilities raise? This programme, based on current insights from positive psychology and cognitive psychology, will provide you with the answers.

You will gain knowledge of current models, methods, instruments, best practices and theories in the field of human-technology interaction, usability testing, design and ethics. During the programme you will:

  • Acquire knowledge through a series of (guest) lectures, practical assignments, literature, discussion and an applied research project;
  • Develop ethical insight through discussion and writing an essay.

After having completed the programme you can: 

  • Develop tools, explain and apply methods to increase awareness of strength, self-efficacy, well-being, self-regulation and resilience of people in a changing world. 
  • Describe with what technology people will be confronted now and in the future.
  • Describe the psychological mechanisms involved in dealing with technology.
  • Carry out empiric research in a group of respondents to see how people experience and appreciate a particular technological innovation.
  • Present research results.
  • Link human characteristics to their experiences with and appreciation of the use of technology.
  • Reflect on the ethical limits of technological innovations.

 

Second- or higher year bachelor students. Knowledge of statistics and SPSS is recommended. Command of English at least B2 as described by CEFR.

 


 

For more information about the bachelor programmes please contact Mrs. Wieke Ankersmit (w.p.ankersmit@saxion.nl).