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The goal of the MTI research program is the acquisition, development, and diffusion of knowledge concerning the interaction between humans and technological products, systems and environments. The program is aimed at the development of basic knowledge of the psychological sciences and its applications to the analysis of humans functioning in a technological evolving environment. The main theme focuses on social perception and cognition of the technological environment and the corresponding effects on human functioning in such environments. Our research takes place with three applied domains:

  • Environment and behavior, namely the interrelation between humans and their natural as well as human shaped environment.
  • Consumer behavior, specifically choice behavior, system evaluation, and attitudes regarding technological innovations and their consequences.
  • Human factors (ergonomics and cognitive engineering) with emphasis on user-system interfaces.

Major technological domains of application include (but are not limited to) the urban environment and the design of buildings, information and communication systems, and energy technology.