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The Asia-Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) recently launched a groundbreaking Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology that integrates technological modules with psychology, in an emerging field known as cyberpsychology .

According to the program manager, “Cyberpsychology is the study of human behavior and mental processes in the context of human-technology interaction. This module focuses on the psychology of online behavior, to explore how the internet and digital technologies affect attitudes, emotions and the societal impacts of living in the digital age, such as exploring patterns and psychological makeup that contribute to cybercrime, she said.

While psychology professionals work in human fields, students in this field must now develop a solid understanding of technological aspects, especially when the line between cyberspace and the real world becomes increasingly blurred.

Globally, the rate of adoption of emerging technologies – including cloud computing, connected devices, mobile, robotics and blockchain – has increased at an exponential rate over the past 10 years. In April 2022, there were five billion Internet users worldwide, or 63% of the world’s population. Of this total, 4.65 billion were social media users.

Moreover, the arrival of the Metaverse will even reinforce the blurring of boundaries between the physical and virtual worlds, the physical world will eventually merge with the digital – in a fully immersive virtual reality.

As technology reshapes the way people live, think, and behave, the transformation of psychology studies has introduced new ways to deliver treatment or therapy. This has affected the dissemination of knowledge and the way research is conducted.

In the program modules, students will also be exposed to psychotechnology, to understand user experience (UX), cognitive workload and use these findings to solve practical problems. These updated and relevant modules allow students to develop vital skills and knowledge, enabling them to work in various sectors, such as esports, advertising, etc., which require further study to determine their psychological impacts.

To create a conducive learning and study environment reflecting the professional framework that supports both counseling and clinical psychology needs, APU has invested significantly to establish the Center for Psychology and Well- be on campus.

The school principal, who is overseeing the establishment of the center, explained that as a technology-centric and industry-focused university, APU has integrated elements of technology into teaching and learning. conventional teaching of psychology. The University’s Psychology and Wellness Center is an innovative facility that houses state-of-the-art equipment integrated with state-of-the-art technology that supports psychology learning and research – what sets us apart from our competitors.

The Center aims to develop a professional-like high-tech center that attracts students to experiential learning coupled with a comfortable learning environment.

According to the program manager, by placing psychological tools infused with modern technology to better predict and understand human behavior, such as electroencephalogram (EEG), eye tracking and computerized psychological assessments, students can learn to make decisions. based on data.

In collaboration with the eye tracking laboratory, the design of the center includes a psychobiological laboratory; Psychoanalytic therapy suites for individual and group therapy; Psychological test and measurement room; Psychology group observation suite which is complemented by one-way mirror and AV capture equipment; Activity and discussion rooms; and teaching in classrooms related to pedagogical learning and research activities.

Here are some highlights of training using the advanced framework and facilities mentioned:

  • The DSI-24 Electroencephalogram (EEG) – a wireless dry electrode EEG headset in the psychobiology lab allows students to learn about cognitive processes like attention and memory by placing conductive electrodes on the scalp which measure small electrical potentials that arise outside the head due to neural action in the brain.
  • In the psychological test and measurement room, the latest state-of-the-art Tobii Pro Fusion eye-tracking system, which focuses on processing information such as scene perception and visual search, provides students with direct experience of using the equipment.
  • The psychoanalytic therapy suite includes Freud’s famous psychoanalytic couch. This helps students learn role-playing skills or conduct any activity related to counseling or psychotherapy.
  • The Psychology Group Observation Suite is equipped with a one-way mirror (semi-transparent mirror), brightly lit on one side, allowing students to discreetly observe the behavior of people on the other side while preserving intimacy.
  • Individual (and group) therapy rooms are designed to provide a quiet, comfortable, energizing and soothing space, ideal for conducting individual or group consultations. Registered counselors and educators will use the rooms to provide their respective services such as counselling, teaching, and trainee-related training.

Through their mastery of cutting-edge technologies, especially digital assessments, APU psychology graduates become tech-savvy and well-equipped for the competitive world of the psychology industry.

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