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Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 109-115

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Psychology and its role in information technology

  • Paula GoolkasianAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of North Carolina Email author 


This paper discusses a role for psychology in the development of information technology. Because of the popularity of psychology as an undergraduate major, psychology’s expertise in measurement, and the assertion of some that cognitive science provides the scientific basis for advancements in information technologies, psychology has a responsibility as a discipline to advance information technology and to educate students about this technology. Studies suggest that higher education in psychology can facilitate reasoning about general issues. A process-oriented course in psychology and computers is suggested as a way of incorporating computer literacy into the psychology curriculum. The role of the Society for Computers in Psychology is also discussed.