08/09 Overview

In November, the CCTA was delighted to announce the first MSc by research graduation. Niamh Caprani was awarded an MSc by research for her dissertation The Design of a Prospective Memory Aid for Older Adults, Multiminder at the IADT graduation in the Hugh Lane Gallery on 22 April. Other research projects are also ongoing- Lisa Gorry has submitted her dissertation “Implicit Theories of Intelligence in the Recruitment of Individuals with Asperger Syndrome” for assessment. Research projects including “The Alchemy of the Virtual and the Real in the Performance Identity on Interactive Sites” by Deirdre Kelly and “Investigating Cognitive Skills Improvements in Older Adults Using Technology and Text-based Aids” by Kevin Power are due to be completed in this coming academic year. Lucie Corcoran’s dissertation Cyberbullying: A new dimension to an old problem has been assessed and she is due to graduate in November 2009.

The students from the MSc in Cyberpsychology programme, which enrolled its first cohort in September 2007 are also due to graduate in November 2009. Applications are currently being accepted for September 2009 entry to the MSc in Cyberpsychology. Furhter details about the MSc are available at http://www.iadt.ie/en/ProspectiveStudents/SchoolsCourses/SchoolofCreativeTechnologies/CyberpsychologyMSc/ and an application form can be downloaded from http://www.iadt.ie/en/ProspectiveStudents/HowtoApply/DownloadApplicationForms/
Applications should be submitted by 4pm on Friday, 21st August, 2009.
If you have any queries about the MSc in Cyberpsychology, please contact the programme co-ordinator, Dr. Grainne Kirwan, at grainne.kirwan@iadt.ie

Two CCTA staff members were awarded doctorates- Dr. Marion Palmer was awarded a Doctorate of Education from Queens University Belfast and Dr. Ciaran McMahon was awarded a PhD in Psychology.

Most recently, the CCTA announced a range of Level 7 and Level 8 Certificates in Psychology and related areas for the 09/10 academic year. These Special Purpose Awards will run on Wednesday evenings form 7-9pm from 30th September 09. For more information, see http://www.iadt.ie/en/ProspectiveStudents/SchoolsCourses/SpecialPurposeAwardCourses/

IADT has received R&D infrastructure funding of €560k from Enterprise Ireland to develop an immersive virtual reality system.The system, CAVE (Automatic Virtual Environment), will immerse users in ambionic sounds and high-end 3D graphic environments projected on four walls. The CAVE uses a wireless motion tracking system to support research in:

* cyber-psychology and cognitive studies
* real-time visualisation and interaction
* high-end interactive graphics

The CAVE is about to be installed in IADT. The CCTA website will continue to be updated throughout the coming academic year with news regarding the CAVE and how it is being used in IADT.

Story submitted by:

Dr Marion Palmer

08 July 2009