Cyberpsychology Innovation Dublin events at IADT

As part of Innovation Dublin 2011, the CCTA is hosting two cyberpsychology related seminars which are open to the general public.

The first event - Innovative Research in Cyberpsychology - which was held on 26th October, 2011 showcased some of the recent and current research projects conducted by staff in the CCTA. Dr. John Greaney presented his important work which examined how individuals can be encouraged to create emergency contact details on mobile phones. This project recently won third prize at the Design Competition award at the Mobile HCI 2011 conference in Stockholm. Cliona Flood presented the work of recent MSc in Cyberpsychology graduate Mark Siggins, who examined dependence on mobile phones. Siggins and Flood asked Irish people aged between 18 and 40 years to participate in a 12 hour separation from their mobile phones, and discovered that only 40% of those asked were willing to do so. However, those who were separated from their phones did not experience higher anxiety levels during the separation than those who retained their phones. Siggins was highly commended at the 2010 Psychological Society of Ireland Student Congress for his research. Other research presented included a study by Dr. Grainne Kirwan which examines how virtual reality could be used to improve eyewitness memory. This research uses the VLab (Virtual Reality Laboratory) in IADT - a cube shaped structure of approximately 3x3x3 metres which can be used for both simulations and visualisations ( Finally, Head of School Andrew Power described his research relating to the use of social networking sites to encourage civic engagement.

The second event - Innovative Exploitation of Human Behaviour by Cybercriminals - will be held in A019 (Atrium Building, IADT) on 9th November, 2011 at 7pm. This lecture describes how cybercriminals employ psychological techniques in order to engage and manipulate victims. For example, cybercriminals who are attempting to engage in identity theft exploit weaknesses in human perception and decision making in order to draw in their victims and persuade them to part with personal information. Similarly, online child predators carefully consider their preferred victims psychology and utilise this when attempting to persuade the child or adolescent to meet them offline. A third example considers hackers, some of whom employ a variety of social engineering techniques that reduce their need to have advanced technical knowledge. These behaviours, among many others, are considered by Dr Grainne Kirwan and Mr Andrew Power in their forthcoming book - The Psychology of Cyber Crime - which will be published in November (see for further information). At this event, attendees will be provided with an overview of the range of cybercrime, and common psychological techniques used by offenders will be described. Advice will be provided to attendees on how to protect themselves and their children from such techniques. All are welcome to this talk, and further information is available from

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Dr. Gráinne Kirwan

30 October 2011