Technology in Social Work

Human Behavior

Human Behavior An important part of social work is being an agent of positive behavioral change. Here, you will find resources related to understanding and effectively responding to the roles that technology plays in shaping the ins and outs of human behavior.

A Mobile App for Children That Teaches Social and Emotional Skills

This mobile application for iOS and Android devices leads children through an interactive adventure with Allen, a youth from another planet who is trying to learn how to interact with other children...

A Report on Ways That Facebook Is Being Used to Support Prevention of Suicide

This news article outlines ways that users can utilize tools built into the social networking website Facebook to help connect others with suicide prevention support and resources.

A Scholarly Literature Review Article Examining Ways That Virtual Worlds Can Be Effectively Used to Promote Creativity in Teams

Abstract: This article addresses the potential of virtual worlds as a platform for creative team collaboration. The proliferation of geographically distributed teams, striving towards innovative...

Adolescents Sending Text Messages Containing Adult Material

A PDF file of a research report from the Pew Research Council's Internet & American Life Project. It reports both quantitative and qualitative data on adolescents and sending phone text messages that...

Cyberbullying and Its Implications for Social Work Practice

In this podcast from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Dean Faye Mishna, PhD, discusses her research on cyber bullying among youth, its prevalence, its effects, and what social workers...

How Forms of Internet Usage Affect Brain Functioning

This abstract provides an overview of an empirical study on the effects that internet searches have on brain activity in older individuals. The study compares different groups based on their level of...

How People Respond Physiologically to Using Facebook

This abstract provides a brief overview of a study that found that using the social media site Facebook produces physiological responses that suggest it is a pleasurable experience.

How Playing Games Can Improve Quality of Life

In this TED talk, researcher and game designer Jane McGonigal shares her personal story of depression and how she used games as a tool for healing. She shares her research into the scientific...

How the Internet Could Affect Humans' Ability to Establish and Maintain Relationships

This article from The New Yorker discusses the research behind the Dunbar number - the measure of how many people humans are able to maintain relationships with at various levels of intimacy. It...

Impact of Technology on the Lives of American Teens

This slideshow from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life examines data on teen technology use and explores some of its implications for practice.

Online Representations Express People's Personalities

This article from NPR discusses research that examined how online avatars reflect their creators' personalities, even when the avatars are not designed to physically look like their creators. The...

Relationships Between Psychodynamic Theory and Technology in Clinical Practice

In this video from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Charles Syms, LCSW, and Michael Langlois, LICSW, discuss ways that psychodynamic theory in clinical practice can be applied to...

Roles That Technology Can Play in People's Lives and Implications for Clinical Social Work

In this video from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Lesa Fichte, LMSW, and Michael Langlois, LICSW, discuss technology, how people relate to it, the roles it plays in people's lives...

Strengths and Limitations of Using Online Platforms to Grow and Maintain Social Change

In this TED Talk, sociologist Zeynep Tufekci looks at the ways that social media and online platforms can help social movements to organize and grow. She also looks at the forces that often inhibit...

The Internet's Effects on Neurobiology

This video lecture by Paul Howard-Jones, PhD, looks at research on how modern technologies affect how our brains are wired and work. It presents an important person-in-technological-environment...

The Roles of Neuroplasticity and Technology in Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury

In this TEDx Talk, clinical psychologist Jeff Snell discusses ways that technology can be used to support recovery and rehabilitation for people who have experienced traumatic brain injuries.

The Ways That Technology Is Changing How People Think About Traditional Population Categories

In this TED talk, media maven Johanna Blakley shares data on how social media and online networking tools allow individuals to break out of traditional demographic categories and connect in ways that...

Using Text Messaging Can Lead to Greater Truthfulness in Answering Sensitive Questions

This research article, brought by Science Daily from the University at Michigan, suggests that utilizing text messaging technology facilitates truthfulness in answering sensitive questions. It...

'Video Game Addiction' as a Clinical Diagnosis

This article from ScienceDaily and the American Psychiatric Association looks at the idea of 'video game addiction' as a clinical diagnosis.

Ways That Internet Use Affects Human Brain Functioning

This article by Nicholas Carr in The Atlantic discusses some of the ways that using the internet affects how our brains function.

Ways to Productively Respond to Negative Comments Online

In this New York Times article, Stephanie Rosenblum reviews some of the psychological research on how people react to negative comments and criticism online and suggests strategies for effectively...


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