Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

‘Father of CyberPsychology' to discuss online experiences of the next generation

16 October 2014
RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) will host a lecture from the ‘father of CyberPsychology' Professor John Suler this evening which will mark the first anniversary of the establishment of the RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre. The talk, open free of charge to the public, will take place at the Houston Lecture Theatre at 6pm at the College's St Stephen's Green campus.

Professor John Suler, Professor of Psychology at Rider University, New Jersey, will address the future of CyberPsychology from the perspectives of the next generation versus the previous generation, who have seen the internet being invented and adopted. The ‘next' generation (i.e. young people such as students) were the first generation to grow up with the internet and struggle to imagine what life would be like without it. He will go on to discuss the wide variety of experiences that people have online and will elicit the audience's ideas about what is important about their lives online.

By showing a video, entitled ‘The Birth of CyberPsychology', Prof Suler will encourage attendees to think about their own reactions to the video. He has been using this video as a research tool by showing it to various students and observing their responses and reactions to it. Prof Suler will compare and contrast the reactions of the audience in attendance against those of students who he has being engaging.

Speaking ahead of this guest lecture, Prof Suler said, ‘I would like to help the audience conceptualise their reactions to this video as well as describe the younger people's reactions, in terms of "cyberpsychology architecture" which is how cyberspace is a psychological space, an extension of the mind and a transitional space that consists of eight dimensions: identity, social, interactive, text, sensory, temporal, reality, and physical.'

RCSI is a not-for-profit health sciences institute which focuses on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide. RCSI is headquartered in Dublin and is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland. In 2010, RCSI was granted independent degree awarding status by the State, which enables the College to award degrees alongside its traditional powers to award licentiates.

1. About the speaker: Professor John Suler is Professor of Psychology at Rider University, New Jersey. He has published on topics related to eastern philosophy, psychotherapy, and cyberspace, including the books Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Eastern Thought and his ground-breaking work The Psychology of Cyberspace, one of the first and most widely cited online books.

2. ‘The Birth of CyberPsychology' video, which will be shown at this talk can be viewed at below. This video was created by John Suler for the launch of the RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre in October 2013.

3. The RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre provides analysis, insight and leadership in understanding the benefits, risks and applications of current and emerging human-technology interfaces. The centre is part of the RCSI Institute of Leadership, based in Sandyford, Dublin. For further information on the RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre visit: