MMM & MAC - MARCS Monday Meeting and MARCS Afternoon Colloquium - 2 Dec 2020

Event Name MMM & MAC - MARCS Monday Meeting and MARCS Afternoon Colloquium - 2 Dec 2020
Start Date 2 Dec 2019 12:00 pm
End Date 2 Dec 2019 12:00 pm

Please join us at the next MMM for an Institute update by Professor Kate Stevens and talk by Dr Tomas Trescak on ‘Healthcare Technology’. This will be followed our final colloquium presented by Professor Jacqui Taylor-Jackson on ‘Cyberpsychology’.


12:00 pm - MARCS Monday Meeting

Speaker: Professor Kate Stevens
Title: Institute Update

Speaker: Dr Tomas Trescak, Senior Lecturer In Intelligent Systems, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
Title: From Sickcare to Healthcare

Abstract: In this motivational talk I will talk about the current advances in healthcare technology, introduce emergent and future technologies, and estimate the role they will play on the transformation of healthcare systems.

12:40 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – MARCS Afternoon Colloquium

Speaker: Professor Jacqui Taylor-Jackson, Professor in Cyber Psychology, School of Psychology
Title: Cyberpsychology: evaluating and understanding the psychological impacts of technology to enhance wellbeing

Abstract: In this talk I will focus on projects in three areas (social media and videogames, online deception, and online health) and I welcome collaborations in these, or related areas.

The negative impacts of social media and videogames on young people have been widely documented, however despite media hype there are many positive impacts. For example, in an evaluation of an app designed to facilitate real-world child-parent play, we highlighted new positive family engagement patterns. Also, using a purpose-made videogame we found that moral reasoning was enhanced in adolescents most experienced in video game play, and in another study the use of MOBA videogames developed leadership and team skills in students.

Online deception can lead to many negative psychological, financial and security impacts. By manipulating websites and social media posts and relating psychological and demographic individual differences, we have identified key factors related to perceptions of trustworthiness and suggest ways to mitigate impacts and educate people most at risk.

There is great potential for online psychological interventions and apps for improving mental and physical health, and I’ve been involved with projects linking enhanced quality of life measures in older adults using social networks and in another an app led to improved quality of life for young adults with Type 1 Diabetes.

Thank you for your continued attendance.  Let's keep the momentum going.

MARCS staff and students are reminded that all meetings and workshops have an important role in building and maintaining the sense of community which is central to the success of MARCS as a cooperative and energetic research institute.  Your attendance is both welcomed and expected.

The zoom ID is: 627 146 998. Link to zoom