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Questioning the Role of Psychotechnology in facing social and humanities issues  in Global context

 Jakarta, September, 1-2, 2014


The rapid development of the human sciences, especially psychology often forgets to constantly question, “What is good for humans?” The implications of this are (1) the allegation that the social and human sciences have “is” even “off” of the human realities because fun is in the “ivory tower” playing with its own basic science, (2) some form of applied psychology heeds ethical rules, and (3) the performance of human-related profession more “technological”, in the sense of being more pragmatic, mechanistic, and materialistic.

This scientific conference attempts to revive an effort to answer one of the oldest questions (yet one that is becoming increasingly relevant in this age) who has been enunciated by philosophers: What is really good for humans? Psychology with its paradigms and its orientations, in fact, aims at bringing happiness to human beings. The Department of Psychology, University of Bina Nusantara, view that these objectives can be achieved in concrete terms through ” a psychotechnology”.

The psychotechnology term was  proposed by Coleman R. Griffith in 1928. According to Griffith, “it is difficult to think of human beings who simply are; we almost always think of them as for better or for worse, and this means either ethics or psychotechology”. Psychotechnology is the amelioration of applied psychology (Ralph H. Gundlach, 1935).  Psychologytechnology is a specialization in psychology which deals with the analysis and management of psychological reality and principles to accommodate needs and problem solving in our personal and professional daily life. Psychotechnology is a more advanced form of applied psychology in clinical, medical, social, educational, and organizational fields. It is expected (in certain facets) to produce tangible tools to improve human performance.

ASEAN citizens with all the strength of the economic, social, and demographic will occupy an important position in the geopolitical world. Therefore, the psychological need to contribute to finding and developing a sustainable manner “typical ASEAN citizen’s psychotechnology “.

The Department of Psychology, Bina Nusantara University, believes that the challenge for psychotechnology nowadays is no longer limited to “master” and “manipulate” the human psyche with the principles of psychology – because we somehow have managed to prove it – but beyond that, how to have the mastery progress continuous in-assess the parameters of human happiness and well-being as much as possible, because it needs to be recognized that history has been harmed by non-ethical psychotechnology. Since 1970, Miller has been put forward 11 principles psychotechnology that are holistic and well as a challenge of psychotechnology itself, namely:

  1. Valid psychotechology should have priority over
  2. Intelligible psychotechnology should have priority over unintelligible
  3. Reliable psychotechnology should have priority over unreliable
  4. Socially relevant psychotechology should have priority over irrelevant
  5. Safe psychotechnology should have priority over dangerous
  6. Psychotechnology for which accountability can be assigned should have priority over that for which it cannot
  7. Psychotechnology that obtains the consent of the affected individuals should have priority over that which does not
  8. Psychotechnology that can avoid deception should have priority over that which cannot
  9. Psychotechnology that respects individuality should have priority over that which does not
  10. Available (accessible) psychotechnology should have priority over unavailable
  11. Distributable psychotechology should have priority over nondistributable


We invite psychologists, academics and researchers from all fields and backgrounds to submit an exposition about psychology-driven technology, basic psychological research with potential of becoming tangible technology, and assessment of technology based on the 11 key points of ethical psychotechnology.


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