It wants to explore how fear of change can be reduced by making things such as digital television much simpler to use.
One major change that most people will find difficult to avoid is the switch off of the analogue TV signal which will happen, region by region, between 2008 and 2012.
An important implication of the switch to digital was that televisions would become much more like computers. For some that would mean that using their television would become much more complicated.
The research project will begin in early 2006 and last until next year.