Psychology and Computers

There are those who view psychology and computer science as distinct fields with nothing in common. The most popular view is that computer science has a very rigorous and quantitative research culture while psychology studies are rooted in more qualitative research into human behavior and perception.

In fact, the majority of modern computer science is inspired by psychology. Psychologists and computer scientists collaborate closely to create technology interfaces. This covers everything from dashboards for cars to cockpits computers operating systems, and even game controllers. A lot of psychological research requires sophisticated software for processing massive data sets.

Psychologists are also increasingly utilizing technology to broaden their reach. The traditional experimental methods used in psychology, that focus on the behavior of a specific person in an environment controlled by a psychologist or assessing larger patterns of behavior using self-report questionnaires or interviews have inherent limitations. (Experiments are typically limited to one experiment long-term studies are not often conducted due to the difficulty of collecting and analyzing large quantities of data.)

The use of computer technology has opened up new avenues for understanding individuals behaviours. For example the brain-imaging technique known as fMRI is not possible without computers. This technology allows researchers to identify specific parts of the brain to specific cognitive processes like reading or memory. EEG (electroencephalography) is another example of a technology that uses computer processing to record and analyze brain activity.

CCBT is now recognized by the UK’s National Health Service as an effective treatment for mild-to moderate anxiety and depression. And artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to revolutionize the practice of psychotherapy by replacing the therapist with robots that are able to assess and treat patients online.

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