Psychologists prove Google is almost human

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have been pitting the wits of Google against human volunteers. Their study looked at the PageRank of words searched for on Google and compared them with a list of words produced by volunteers. The research, published in Psychological Science, confirms my view that … Read more

Is your face on your web site?

Is your face on your web site? Mine is. However, I’ve started to worry about that. The other day, somebody told me that they rated a web site on whether or not the faces that appeared on it were “smiley”. If the faces were serious looking business types, they didn’t … Read more

The World has changed: did you notice?

Two new pieces of research confirm what we probably already knew: younger people see the Internet as their primary source of information. One study, reported by Reuters, shows us that the Internet is the main source of news for people aged under 30 years. A second piece of research by … Read more

Your Mum is frightened of the Internet

Mums all over the UK should have had a peaceful and enjoyable day yesterday – Mother’s Day, of course (hope you didn’t forget!). Many of the nation’s Mums will have received flowers and chocolates, of which a sizeable proportion will have been ordered online. Indeed, without online florists and present … Read more

Positive people do best on the Internet

The other day I was at a meeting sitting near a family doctor. Up on the stage popped another doctor (and it wasn’t a medical meeting…!) who said he intended to make as many people as possible happy. Why? Because, he told us, that in his experience as a general … Read more

The future of Internet Psychology

My son Elliot was 8-years-old yesterday and today we had a big party for 26 of his friends. It was a Harry Potter theme party with a wizard magician who kept all of the kids “spellbound” for an hour…! So what has all this to do with Internet Psychology? Well, … Read more

Internet users need symbols of identity

American Psychologists have discovered that we need to “get the T-shirt”. In an interesting group of different studies, the researchers from New York University found that in order for us to really feel we are part of a group we have to show that we are in that group. We … Read more

Internet generation may have poorer memories

Researchers in the USA have found an interesting way in which we can improve our memories. But it means that the growing numbers of people who spend their life online could suffer. The psychologists at the University of Michigan have discovered that social interaction helps boost memory skills. It appears … Read more

How to avoid email stress

Email stress is a real phenomenon. Researchers in Scotland have found that people are checking their emails much more frequently than they think. The study shows that some people are checking emails 40 times every hour. You might consider that excessive but the chances are you are checking your email … Read more

Internet Psychology :: People focus on the negatives

Callers to a phone in on London’s LBC Radio Station yesterday were full of tales of problems and difficulties they have with the Internet, in particular Ebay. One person had serious difficulties after someone launched a campaign against her by pretending to buy everything she put up for sale and … Read more

Internet Marketing :: It’s all about psychology

Yesterday the Professional Speakers Association ran a special session on Internet Marketing for its members in London. There were three speakers – I was one of them – but for the entire session there was almost no reference to technology or specifics of web design, search engine optimisation and so … Read more

Internet Psychology : The World Is Changing

Every day I read something that just makes me realise how little the world’s authorities and governments actually understand anything about the Internet. Today, two American legal cases show that the “establishment” is thrashing around like some dying monster, unaware of its own demise. Firstly, there’s been a major patent … Read more