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EVENT: Psychology Colloquium: The Role of Neurocognitive Functions in Using the Internet for Health and Household Activities; Prof Steven Woods (U Houston)

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Psychology Colloquium

Tuesday 23rd May 4:00-5:00pm in Bayliss MCS G.33, followed by post-talk drinks in the Psychology Courtyard (or, in bad weather, the Psychology Common Room, 2nd floor of main psychology building)

Presenter: Prof Steven P. Woods (U Houston)

Title: The Role of Neurocognitive Functions in Using the Internet for Health and Household Activities.


The Internet plays a fundamental role in the everyday lives of persons living with chronic medical conditions, and is a platform upon which many instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) and health behaviors occur. Successful Internet use for such activities is multi-determined, but emerging evidence points toward the importance of neurocognitive functions such as attention, processing speed, and executive abilities (e.g., problem-solving). Indeed, most of us have experienced the frustrations of forgetting Internet login passwords or difficulty navigating complex websites to find information and perform transactions. This presentation critically examines the role of neurocognitive functions in using the Internet for health and household activities. After reviewing the extant scientific literature, data are presented from a federally-funded study that systematically examined this issue in persons living with HIV disease using four novel, Internet-based tasks of household functioning and health behaviors. Participants used mock credentials to log-in to an experimenter-controlled website and independently perform a series of typical online household (e.g., manage their finances, shop for goods) and health-related behaviors (e.g., refill a prescription, read and interpret an electronic chart note, and schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider). Results show that persons with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders were at high risk for failure on these Internet-based tasks as compared to their HIV-infected counterparts without neurocognitive disorders and seronegative participants. Performance on these Internet-based tasks were independently associated with demographic factors, health literacy, specific neurocognitive domains, and well-validated health- and performance-based everyday functioning outcomes. Findings are discussed with an eye toward enhancing the efficiency and accuracy of Internet use for essential IADLs and health behaviors among persons living with chronic medical conditions.

Speaker Bio:

Professor Steven Paul Woods is the Director of the Cognitive Neuropsychology of Daily Life (CNDL) Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at The University of Houston (Texas, USA). His NIH-funded program of research uses cognitive theory to enhance the clinical detection, prediction, and remediation of real-world health outcomes in various neuropsychological populations, including HIV disease and aging. He has published over 200 scientific papers and sits on the editorial boards of five clinical neuropsychology journals. Professor Woods also has active teaching and research collaborations on these topics with colleagues at UC-San Diego (California, USA) and the University of Western Australia, where he maintains adjunct professorships.

Ullrich Ecker, PhD Associate Professor, Director, Community and Engagement School of Psychological Science University of Western Australia +61 (0)8 6488 3257 www.uwa.edu.au/people/ullrich.ecker www.cogsciwa.com
Speaker(s) Prof Steven Woods (U Houston)
Location Bayliss Building MCS G. 33
Contact Admin Psy <[email protected]> : 6488 3267
Start Tue, 23 May 2017 16:00
End Tue, 23 May 2017 17:00
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Last Updated Fri, 12 May 2017 08:50
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