Bachelor Psychology & Technology

Rachel Roumans

"Imagine you are in a deep gorge with a wobbly bridge over it. On the one hand, ‘stands’ technology, on the other hand psychology. My studies contribute to strengthening that bridge. Technicians benefit from the insights from psychology – the users’ side – and psychologists validate new insights with technical knowledge. This already happens with persuasive technology: using apps to live a healthier life. A very interesting combination. Consider the development of tablets: the tablet developed by Microsoft was ousted from the market by the iPad. Because Apple understands the users’ side. I think it would be great in the future to act as the connecting link between both fields. I imagine that I will cooperate in the development of the ideal surgical robot which can support a surgeon, completely intuitively, during complex operations. An excellent example of psychology and technology.”