The Psychology of Technology Research

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Presented by Dr. Larry Rosen

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Please click the course video below to watch the course presentation, and then complete the Post-Test in order to obtain your CE certificate.


A 36-Year Odyssey From Surveys to Neuroscience

This training will focus on research on the “psychology of technology” that Dr. Rosen has completed over the last three-plus decades with his colleagues and students. The presentation will highlight various types of research from case studies through observations, quasi-experimental designs, laboratory experimental designs and neuroscience studies.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the similarities and differences in the different types of research designs in psychology.
  • Recognize how psychological research is presented and the limits of drawing conclusions from the research.
  • Utilize knowledge of how research should and should not be disseminated through journal articles and the media to present their own research findings.

Presented by Dr. Larry Rosen

Dr. Larry Rosen is Professor Emeritus and past chair of the psychology department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is a research psychologist with specialties in child and adolescent development, parenting, multitasking, social networking, generational differences, and neuropsychology, and is recognized as an international expert in the "Psychology of Technology."

Over the past 35-plus years, Dr. Rosen and his colleagues have examined reactions to technology among more than 100,000 people in the United States and in 22 other countries. His latest book, “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World” (MIT Press, 2016), won the PROSE Award for neuroscience in 2016. He has written six other books including one on parenting [Me, MySpace and I: Parenting the Net Generation] and one on the impact of technology on education [Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn], Dr. Rosen has been featured extensively in television, print, and radio media and has been a commentator on 60 Minutes, The Daily Show, Good Morning America, NPR, and CNN.

Dr. Rosen has four children including one in the iGeneration, one in the Net Generation and two in Generation X and five grandchildren to watch growing up with technology. He lives in Solana Beach, California. For fun he creates works of “art” from a combination of old computer technology, clocks and early rock and roll music. In his free time, he enjoys reading international intrigue novels, fiddling with his newest geek toy, going to independent films, and trying to find ways to keep his “Humanware” safe from all the hardware and software vying for his attention. His website is


Rosen, L. D., Carrier, L. M., Pedroza, J. A., Elias, S., O’Brien, K. M., Lozano, J., Kim, K., Cheever, N. A., Bentley, J., & Ruiz, A. (2018). The Role of Executive Function and Technological Anxiety (FOMO) in College Course Performance as Mediated by Technology Usage and Multitasking Habits, Revista Psicologia Educativa (The Spanish Journal of Educational Psychology), 24(1), 14-25.

Uncapher, M. R., Lin, L., Rosen, L. D., Kirkorian, H. L., Baron, N. S., Bailey, K., … & Wagner, A. D. (2017). Media multitasking and cognitive, psychological, neural, and learning differences. Pediatrics, 140(Supplement 2), S62-S66.

Cheever, N.A., Rosen, L.D., Carrier, L.M., & Chavez, A. (2014). Out of sight is not out of mind: The impact of restricting wireless mobile device use on anxiety levels among low, moderate and high users. Computers in Human Behavior, 37, 290-297.

Rosen, L.D., Whaling, K., Carrier, L.M., Cheever, N.A., and Rokkum, J. (2013). The Media and Technology Usage and Attitudes Scale: An empirical investigation. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(6), 2501-2511.