All Faculty and Staff are invited to attend a workshop about ‘iDisorder,’ the psychology of technology addiction.

 Monday February 18th at4pm Esch Studio or 8pm in Esch/Hurvis Room

The 4pm workshop will be geared specifically to college faculty and staff with an opportunity to ask questions and the evening program is open to the Lawrence Community and the public.

Our speaker is Dr. Larry Rosen of California State University. He is a research psychologist, computer educator, keynote speaker and is recognized as an international expert in the psychology of technology. We will be addressing topics like:

  1. Getting high on Technology: Hooked on smartphones
  2. The ups and downs of leading a cyber life
  3. Communication 101: Safety and training behind the screen
  4. You only think you’re dying: When pain is just pain
  5. Does my profile picture make me look fat?
  6. Delusions, hallucinations and social avoidance-is technology making us appear schizo?

Here’s a sneak peek from his book “iDisorder-understanding our obsession with technology and overcoming  its hold on us:”

  “Many of us are on the verge of an iDisorder as our daily interactions with media technologies may be imbuing us with signs and symptoms of one of many psychological disorders, including narcissism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addiction, attention-deficit disorder, social phobia, antisocial personality disorder, hypochondriasis, body dysmorphic disorder, schizo-disorders, and voyeurism… Luckily for us, our brains are constantly changing. Neuroscientists call this ‘neuroplasticity,’ which is basically a constant process of strengthening and weakening neural (nerve cell) connections in the brain as a function of our experiences…. Given that our brains are inundated with stimuli all day long and that the digital content currently available in our world is the equivalent to everyone in the world tweeting or blogging constantly for a century, neuroplasticity is a brain-saver.”

We hope you will join us on the 18th for a great discussion.

Sincerely, 

WELLU, Student Wellness Committee, LU Gaming Club, and the Psychology Student Organization