WELCOME TO PACT LAB
PaCT Lab is based at Northumbria University and is one of the few HCI (Human Computer Interaction) research and training facilities within a psychology department
Our aim is to develop interdisciplinary research, education and training to improve communication technologies and understand the consequences of their use. We strive for a dynamic community in which academia, industry and government can guide and challenge each other. While our researchers are predominately psychologists, we ensure our research utilises a broad, multidisciplinary approach through our many collaborations. Our work covers four broad and overlapping themes of privacy, security, trust, and behaviour change. These themes are explored across a variety of domains including health, commerce, energy conservation and learning.
The types of question we seek to address are:
- What makes us trust a message or information online?
- Why and when do we feel secure in disclosing information?
- How do you balance usability and security?
- What types of privacy do we seek to protect?
- How can we design technology to improve social inclusion and combat isolation?
- What role can technology play in motivating people to eat healthily?
- How can technology improve the health and wellbeing of individuals?
- What barriers prevent older people from using technology in their everyday lives?
- What do designers need to consider when developing technology for use by older people?