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Cyberpsychology Research Group

Unit(s) of assessment: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Research theme: Medical Technologies and Advanced Materials

School: School of Social Sciences


The Cyberpsychology Research Group is very active in undertaking and disseminating research in the area of the psychology of the Internet and digital technology use. The group’s research spans psychosocial implications of Internet and technology use across various channels and applications (e.g., smartphones, gaming, social networking), the use of technologies to inform mental health, education, and research, cybersecurity, as well as augmented and virtual reality applications.

Work by the group has appeared in major international journals such as Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, Computers in Human BehaviorAddiction, and Addictive Behaviors, and is regularly featured on national and international media, including The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and the BBC.

Research by this group directly informs teaching in our MSc Cyberpsychology, as well as a number of other undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It also forms part of the British Psychological Society’s Cyberpsychology Section.

National & international collaborators include:

  • World Health Organisation
  • Scientific Foresight Unit, European Parliament
  • UK Parliament’s Select Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • UK Council for Internet Safety
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists


NTU has invested heavily in its resources in recent years and this is reflected in our specialist psychology laboratories, which include:

  • A virtual reality laboratory
  • A cognitive modelling and visual analysis laboratory
  • A psychophysiological laboratory
  • A human communication and social interaction laboratory
  • Dedicated facilities to support research into computer gaming and cyber-psychology
  • EEG system
  • Fixed and mobile eye-tracking facilities
  • An extensive bank of psychometric tests.

The Cyberpsychology Research Group falls under the Centre for Public and Psychosocial Health.