Taylor & Francis Announces a ‘Journal of Psychology and AI’

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‘How human behavior is indirectly altered’ by AI is part of the topical range of Taylor & Francis’ new ‘Journal of Psychology and AI.’

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Reporting on ‘Direct Human Interaction With AI’
While Publishing Perspectives cannot independently verify the truth of this claim, the academic research publisher Taylor & Francis, specialized in the humanities and social sciences, has today (June 28) announced that it describes as the world’s first scholarly journal dedicated to psychology and artificial intelligence.

The Journal of Psychology and AI is an open-access journal, led by co-editors in New Zealand, and created with a stated intent “to foster dialogue between technologists developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems and psychology researchers exploring human behavior, cognitions, and emotions.”

The journal is to publish reports on direct human interaction with AI, while exploring how AI is influencing “the way we interact with and think about the world.”

Additional research areas expected to be relevant here include using AI for the assessment, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of psychological health conditions; addressing ethical issues; and “harnessing AI to analyze and predict human behavior.”

The focus of the journal is also planned to embrace “research related to robots as embodied forms of AI, such as social robotics, human-robot interaction, and robotics in education.”

In a list of topics relevant to the outlook for this journal, the company includes:

  • Acceptability of AI: Exploring attitudes toward AI in the general public and/or specific populations
  • Interplay between AI and cognitive processes: Exploring how AI can be used to model, understand, and augment human cognition
  • AI in psychological assessment: The use and implications of AI in diagnosing, predicting, and understanding psychological disorders
  • Human-AI interaction: Investigating the psychological aspects of human interactions with AI systems, including trust, reliance, and emotional connections
  • Ethical implications: Addressing the ethical challenges and considerations when AI intersects with psychological practices and research
  • AI in therapeutic interventions: The use of AI in interventions, including chatbots, virtual reality therapy, and other digital therapeutics
  • Behavioral analytics: Harnessing AI to analyze and predict human behavior across various domains
  • Neuropsychological insights from AI: Drawing parallels and learning from the working of AI algorithms in understanding the human brain
  • AI, society, and psychological well-being: Exploring the societal implications of widespread AI and its effects on mental health, social behaviors, and well-being
  • Emotional AI: Systems that recognize, interpret, process, and simulate human emotions
  • Education and training: Preparing psychologists for an AI-augmented future and AI professionals for ethically handling psychological data

One of the more intriguing areas of inquiry anticipated to be in play here is “how human behavior is indirectly altered as a result of how the environment is reshaped through the increased pervasiveness of AI.”

Christian U. Krägeloh

The co-editors announced for the new journal are Christian U. Krägeloh of Auckland University of Technology and Oleg N. Medvedev at the University of Waikato, both in New Zealand.

In a comment, Krägeloh says, “As AI technology rapidly evolves, it’s raising important questions for both psychology researchers and AI professionals.

“Our hope is that this new journal will spark collaboration, inspire innovation, and contribute to the global evolution bridging these transformative disciplines.”

And Medvedev says, “The Journal of Psychology and AI will be a forum for sharing discoveries about one of the greatest challenges facing humanity.

“We look forward to working with researchers from a range of fields to raise the profile of exciting work being done in this area.”

The journal is publishing both empirical and conceptual research articles. Submission will be required to be aligned with standards for conducting and reporting work in psychology.

Because psychology is a broad discipline, the company says that the journal’s co-editors are interested in submissions from social science perspectives at one end, as well as neuroscience at the other end of the spectrum, “thus being open to the full range of approaches and methods.”

Work on relevant psychological models and theory will be encouraged through opportunities to publish original conceptual papers as well as commentaries about specific articles and issues.

And lastly, “Through acknowledgement of the likely profound impact of AI on the world,” the company says in its precis on the new journal, psychological work also needs to engage with philosophical thought such as discussions on ethics and how AI technology might affect epistemology for psychological research. 

Taylor & Francis’ main offices are in Milton Park, Oxfordshire. It maintains additional offices in New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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