Together with 4 other psychology- and IT-professionals I founded Psych-IT. We see the fields of psychology and (new) technologies converging. Not only in universities and big tech companies, but in the many aspects of our day-to-day lives and professions.
Psych-IT is an open community in which we examine this connection between psychology and IT. Think of topics such as human-robot interaction, digital ethics, the social impact of it, positive technology, being tricked by deepfakes, and the impact of technological nature on our happiness. We organize free and non-profit events for professionals in the IT and psychology domain (private and public) and students. Our aim is to be a national platform to discuss these important topics in a playful and educated way.
Techno-Nature: February/March 2020
Tinder has radically changed our dating game and through vibrating cuddly bracelets, teledildonica and connected night lamps, couples keep in touch in LAT relationships. New questions arise: can technology replace human contact? Is virtual love also cheating? And what is the impact of genderless sex robots? On October 15th, trend scientist Jeanneke Scholtens and PhD student Sima Ipakchian Askari will answer these questions at the third Psych-IT meetup!
Psych-IT #2: Stress-IT – Technology at work; a blessing or curse?
Stress helps us to deliver top cognitive and physical performances. However, too much stress leads to distraction, illness, and poor results. In addition to colleagues, workspace and workload, technology also has an impact on managing or increasing your stress level. At this second Psych-IT Meetup, Janienke Sturm, Professor People and Technology at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, and Techno Stress researchers Liza van Dam and Joep van den Eerenbeem from TNO shared their insights.
We concluded the evening with some Fishbowl discussions.
Psych-IT #1: Sleep-Technology
Sleeping is important. To refuel and process your impressions of the day. The panacea makes you more productive, creative and you can solve problems better. Too little sleep leads to more often reporting sick and causes more industrial accidents. The logical question in 2019 is: can technology help you sleep more efficiently or better?
Philips sleep scientist Tim Leufkens PhD and DIY Biohacker Peter Joosten shared their insights and research during this Meetup with a group of 90 psychology and IT professionals and students.