Psychology and Computers

Psychology isn’t any different. Technology is a factor that affects or influences practically every aspect of life today including psychology. In the same way technology affects how people behave, work, and think psychologists also employ technology to investigate and understand mental disorders, and to treat them. Technology also aids psychologists in their research by giving them the ability to gather and analyze data much faster and more precisely than they would be capable of. From using computers in fMRI imaging to the development of electronic symptom evaluation and tracking tools for patients with anxiety and depression Technology is an integral part of psychological treatment as well as research.

Technology also influences the way humans interact with the digital systems in which they interact with on a daily basis. Many of the most famous technology companies have large departments that are staffed by psychologists who are experts in human cognition and perception conducting studies to study how people react to certain designs, and then recommend changes based on their findings. Most of the time, when you use a piece of technology, like your phone or Facebook you benefit from the interaction between psychology and computer science.

At Notre Dame, Sidney D’Mello is one of many researchers working at the meeting the two fields of psychology and computers. His research is focused on “affective computing,” which is the study of how computers can discern and interpret emotions. His team, for example, has developed a mathematical model that could aid computers in predicting when someone is about to become angry or frustrated and determine the best course of action prior to the event happens.

John Avery

POSTED BY John Avery
9th June 2024