Using Technology to Enhance Aging in Place

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), aging in place is “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”  Aging in place may benefit both the individual and society by allowing older adults to maintain connections with others in [...]

Children’s Social and Moral Relationships with a Humanoid Robot

Based on the prediction that human-like robots will become increasingly present in our lives in the future, the authors sought to investigate the types of social and moral relationships children are likely to form with these robots. Previous research has shown that adults interact socially with robots. For example, they give humanoid robots the appropriate [...]

A Social Cognitive Model of the Digital Divide

In a world where educational and employment opportunities are increasingly tied to computer use, unequal access to information technology – known as the digital divide – is a significant public policy issue. Efforts to address this problem often focus on increasing access to public computers in schools and libraries. Yet, little is known about the [...]

Adolescents Living the 24/7 Lifestyle

Calamaro, Mason, and Ratcliffe (2009) investigated the association between technology use, caffeine intake, and sleep behaviors in adolescents. The authors noted that sleep duration has decreased markedly for adolescents over the past 40 years and that insufficient sleep in that age group has been linked to a variety of psychological and physical health problems, ranging [...]

Facebook Users’ Political Participation

Social media outlets, such as Facebook and YouTube, played an important role in the 2008 presidential election. These sites allowed candidates to communicate with potential voters and potential voters to communicate with each other. Vitak and colleagues (2011) cited information from the Pew Internet and American Life Project indicating that 65% of social network site [...]

Integrating Smartphone Technology in Behavioral Healthcare

With smartphone ownership quickly becoming commonplace in many countries, the number of available applications (apps) has continued to soar.  A growing number of these, according to Luxton, McCann, Bush, Mishkind, and Reger (2011), are designed to facilitate mental health education, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment. Examples include apps that track symptoms and if indicated offer a [...]

Child Psychologists’ Social Media Activity

Tunick, Mednick, and Conroy (2011) argued that with a large proportion of the population using Facebook and other social media sites, new dilemmas emerge for psychologists, particularly for those working with adolescents and children.  These include issues of self-disclosure, informed consent, and confidentiality.  Therapists often have easy access to online information about clients, and must [...]

Mindfulness Predicts Less Texting While Driving

Large numbers of young adults text while driving. Feldman, Greeson, Renna, and Robbins-Monteith conducted research aimed at identifying individual differences that might predict this dangerous, and often illegal, behavior. These authors hypothesized that texting-while-driving might be inversely correlated with mindfulness, a tendency to intentionally attend to present moment internal and external experiences. They reviewed previous [...]