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Rethinking how individuals interact in our online world.

Through the International Gaming Research Unit and the Cyberpsychology Research Group at NTU, the world is rethinking how individuals interact in our online world. We recognise the impacts of new tech on our health and aim to reduce the harm caused by online activities and other potentially addictive behaviours.

Online gambling, online gaming, social media, and dating apps – more virtual means of interacting socially are available than ever before. Our researchers are at the forefront of examining the impact of these new technologies – both healthy and unhealthy – on citizens and society.

Experts at NTU have reimagined research around addiction, identifying those people most at risk of developing behavioural problems with online and virtual activities and changing attitudes towards them, such as getting “gaming disorder” recognised as a genuine mental disorder by the World Health Organisation.

Through collaboration, our researchers have designed prevention strategies to minimise the harm of gambling activities. This includes co-creating tools to reduce the risk of individuals developing gambling problems which are now employed by more than 50 major gambling companies worldwide.

The digital world is changing the ways in which we interact and altering our behaviours, and NTU is helping the world to decide how we respond.

Research in this area was recently submitted to the Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience Unit of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, where 100% of the research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of quality.

Health and Wellbeing

This research is drawn from the strategic research theme of Health and Wellbeing.

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