Department of Computer Science

Engineering Psychology

Understanding humans and technology
Artistic illustration for engineering psychology bachelors programme in Aalto University. Human face, laptop, game controller and phone. Illustration by Matti Ahlgren

There is an increasing need to find more comprehensive solutions to the complex problems of the world, to equalise the technology sector and to make the design of technological innovations more human-oriented. Engineering Psychology research area brings together behavioral scientists, engineers, and computer scientists to explore real world problems. The research area tackles questions how human behavior and perception shapes the use and impact of computing systems, services and engineering, and vice versa.

The research area is linked to the new BSc initiative at Aalto, the Engineering Psychology major. Applications for the new Finnish-language major will begin in spring 2022.

Elisa Mekler

Harnessing psychological theory for better video games

Psychological theories on motivation hold great promise for video game development and for understanding how games impact people, but only little is known about how these theories actually are used in the games industry.

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Applied psychology. Picture: Matti Ahlgren, Aalto University.

Unique program in Engineering Psychology is built on technology and understanding humans

Graduates from Engineering Psychology can work as experts in human artificial intelligence or as developers of electronic health services. Applications for the new Finnish-language major will begin in spring 2022.

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Kuvituskuva videopelien pelaajasta

Video games evoke emotions that even music and cinema fail to reach

A recent doctoral dissertation shows players appreciate evoked emotional experiences, even when some are far from positive

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Janne Lindqvist

Janne Lindqvist: You can’t help if you stay in the ivory tower

This sociable professor of computer science knows how to forge his own path and trusts his instinctive curiosity towards different research topics.

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Kun tietotekniikan laitoksen uusi apulaisprofessori Elisa Mekler teki väitöskirjaansa, pelillistämisen tutkiminen psykologisesta, teoreettisesta näkökulmasta motivaatioteorioita hyödyntäen oli uutta. "Sitä ei yksinkertaisesti tehty aikaisemmin", Mekler sanoo.

Assistant Professor Elisa Mekler: Gaming can help to cope with difficult life situations and improve one’s wellbeing

Elisa Mekler found out in her recent study that video games might help people to cope with difficult life situations, which offers a new challenge to game designers

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Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT (external link)

Collaborative institute for research on information technology.

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Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI (external link)

International research hub for artificial intelligence

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