On 15-16 February 2019, Mind, Brain, and Behavior Laboratory (MBB Lab) cooperates with Doctoral Program Faculty Psychology Universitas Gadjah Mada held an International Conference in Faculty of Psychology UGM. The Conference namely ICHTI (International Conference on Human-Technology Interactions) takes the theme How the Human-Technology Interactions: Shape Modern Life. ICHTI represent the experts such as Prof. Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph. D. from New York University, Prof. Byron Good, Ph. D. from Harvard University, Prof. Joel Pearson, Ph. D from New South Wales University, dan Prof. Jeffrey Sachs from Columbia University. The participants in this conference were coming from several Institutions and Universities.
Prof. Dr. Faturochman, M.A as a Dean
Faculty of Psychology UGM and Galang Lufityanto, Ph.D. as a Head of Mind,
Brain, and Behavior Laboratory open the event with welcome speech ICHTI. After
the speech officially was opened by gamelan performance.
In the first day Prof Elkhonon
Goldberg, Ph. D and Prof Joel Pearson,
Ph. D becomes the first speaker in the Executive Forum. Both of them explain
their view about rapid growth technology nowadays influences human behavior in
Prof. Joel Pearson, Ph.D. said that
most humans nowadays do not realize about changing of the world caused by
technology. At one time they worried and afraid by that changing. “If
technology like the wave on the sea that can swipe whoever in front of them so
we as a human in this era have no choice unless jump in technology wave”,
Otherwise, Prof. Elkhonon Goldberg,
Ph.D. sees growth of technology on the other side. This Neurology Professor
said that the growth of technology influences the area of the activated brain.
Based on the fact if we compared to a few decades in the usage of cell phones
currently increases rapidly become 67% worldwide population. Otherwise, usage
of the internet shows similar conditions, the increasing attain to 49%
ICHTI held an oral presentation from
participants for getting present their research. Presentation oral alone runs 2
days with 3 oral sessions. Participations divided into several groups spread in
The second day ICHTI, on Saturday 16
February 2019 also was interesting. Prof Jeffrey Sachs present with
mini-seminar. As a special advisor for the UN, he stated clearly about the
digital revolution: what kind of society will we create. He also an economist,
so that is the reason he gave an explanation from economic sight and other
aspects. The point of his explanation about digital revolution, sustainability
development, dan geopolitical convergence. “technology changes every dimension
in human life for instance: politic, economic, culture, education, and others”.
He said. The technology shifts every material that human do before. This
condition namely digitalization. He said that digital is the primary aim of technology.
However, the technology that we see good or bad depends on how we use that.
There is a panel session by Prof
Byron Good and Dr. Neila Ramdhani, M.Si., M.Ed. Both of them take honor to
discuss technology psychologically and mental health. Prof Byron Good gave high
light from the psychopathology side and mental health. That was also his
research result in Indonesia by involving region both Jogja and Aceh. And Dr.
Neila Ramdhani spoke virtual Reality using in overcoming clinical and mental
health problems such as phobia and anxiety disorder.
From their explanation can be taken
some point relevantly with problems in the psychology field, for instance: the
mental health system in Indonesia, mental health service. The whole problems
need support from many people.