Taking the message home - London conference reports

Associate Editor for Conference reports Kate Cavanagh introduces our coverage of the 2000 London Conference. The unprecedented growth of new technologies is changing our understanding of who we are and how we behave. As developments in imaging techniques provide insight into the structure and processes of the brain, the rise in mobile and electronic communications and the growth of virtual environments promise to radically alter the structure and process of social relationships. The symbiotic relationship between psychology and new technologies is demonstrated through the sheer volume of human–computer interactions is our daily routines. From the technology that drives your toaster through to your mobile phone and laptop, new technologies are woven into our lives. The main theme of the 2000 London Conference was to address this relationship. Specifically, how can psychologists understand the impact that these new technologies are having on our lives, and how can psychologists get involved in this relationship so that we can make the most out of this technological revolution? Beyond the conference theme other contemporary topics were presented, notably ageing and frailty in later life, the public image of psychology, and racism. The reports in this section give an overview of some of the take-home messages.

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