Psychology and Computers

Many see psychology and computers as two distinct fields with little in common. The consensus is that computer science is a discipline with an enviable research culture while psychology is rooted in qualitative research of human behavior and perception.

But in fact the majority of modern computer science is inspired by psychological factors. The design of technology interfaces – from car dashboards to plane cockpits and from operating systems for computers to games controllers are mostly developed by psychologists working closely with computer scientists. Also, a large portion of psychological research is statistically intensive and requires sophisticated software to process large data sets.

Psychologists are also increasingly utilizing technology to increase their reach. The traditional methods for experimentation of psychology – investigating the behavior of a specific individual in a very controlled setting or evaluating larger behavioral patterns by means of self-report surveys and interviews – have inherent limitations (experiments are limited to one experiment, while longitudinal studies are rare due to the difficultness of collecting and analyzing huge amounts of data).

The use of computer technology has opened new avenues for understanding individuals behavior. Computers are vital to the brain-imaging technology known as fMRI. The technology allows researchers to identify specific parts of the brain to specific cognitive processes, like memory or reading. EEG (electroencephalography) is another example of a technology that uses computer processing to record and analyze brain activity.

Additionally that, the UK’s National Health Service now recognizes the use of CCBT (computerized cognitive behavioral therapy) as a treatment that is effective for mild-to-moderate manifestations of anxiety and depression. Artificial intelligence (AI) is, on the other hand, is set to transform psychotherapy by replacing the therapist and treating patients online via robots.

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