Written on October 26, 2009 by PsychIE Author in Uncategorized

SchoolPsychology2Currently, psychologists find themselves operating within a new sphere of human action, namely that of virtual communication, froming part of the technological progress which surrounds us.

Consequently, a group of students at IE University has decided to carry out research into the this virtual world, little known to psychology. The main objetive of their study is the analysis of virtual-behaviour characteristics, possiblilities and psychosocial risks, with the final aim of designing tools and techniques for evaluation and assessment.

Studies undertaken in the principle virtual platforms, including those as well-known as “Second Life”, suggest that althoughvirtual behaviour has its own particular qualities, it is strongly conditioned by the user´s personal characteristics (motivation, attitudes to privacy and the medium itself, assumed roles).

Finally, we can highlight the creation of a “Virtaul Behaviour Research and Assessment Center” to attend the psychosocial needs identified.

For more information:sarojas.psg@alumno.ie.edu


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