Integrating Psychology with Information Systems


Dr. Brian Whitworth applies the principles of psychology to the development of information systems.

As a psychologist working in information systems, Brian Whitworth focuses his research on how to design software that better reflects human nature.  He believes that information systems are becoming more about people and less about technology, and this continuing trend toward human-centered computing makes psychology a critical component in the design of systems and programs. He studies such areas as social behavior on computer networks; the generation of group agreement in computer-mediated groups; the impact of computer-mediated communication on organizations; and computer-mediated education and learning networks. His goal is to design windows-based groupware -- software tools and technologies that support a group of people working together -- that can be used to research how psychological principles can be implemented in a computer software system.