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Psychology and Computers

Many people view psychology and computer science as two distinct fields that have nothing in common. The general consensus is that computer science is a very rigorous and quantitative research culture while psychology research is based on more qualitative studies of behavior and human perception.

In fact, the majority of the computer science that we have today is influenced by psychology. Psychologists and computer scientists collaborate to develop technology interfaces. This includes everything from dashboards for cars to cockpits and computer operating systems to game controllers. A significant portion of psychological research requires sophisticated software to process huge data sets.

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

Computer technology has opened up new avenues to study the behavior of people. Computers are crucial for the brain-imaging technology known as fMRI. Researchers can connect specific brain regions to cognitive processes such as memory or reading. EEG (electroencephalography) is another example of a technology that uses computer processing to record and analyze brain activity.

CCBT is now acknowledged by the UK’s National Health Service as an effective treatment for moderate to mild depression and anxiety. Artificial intelligence (AI) is on the other hand is set to transform psychotherapy by replacing therapists and treating patients online with robots.