Psychology and Computers

The field of psychology and computers are interwoven in many ways. Technology has a huge impact on how psychological research and treatment is carried out. Psychologists are now able to reach more people and offer services in a way that is more convenient. This is particularly true during pandemics, like the recent Covid-19 epidemic when digital technology allows patients to receive treatment from the comfort of their homes.

Computers have a long tradition in the study of human psychology, starting with the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners and electroencephalogram machines, which allow researchers to capture snapshots of the brain during psychological research. Computers also make it possible to store and analyze vast amounts of information, helping to create more accurate, replicable studies.

Computer-aided design allows researchers to develop sophisticated mental models. These models can be tested in different situations to see how they respond. This is a significant improvement over traditional methods for collecting psychological data such as self-report questionnaires or interviews. These are only able to capture only one aspect of the subject at any given time and require that participants be encouraged to take part.

In the current era computer science and psychology are entwined. This means that students studying psychology are placed to assist in the development of technology that will shape our future. This is especially so since our relationship with technology is constantly changing. New tools for measuring and assessing are being developed constantly. Collaboration across disciplines is becoming more important in the creation of these tools and also in understanding the impact it has on people. This is evident in our degree course, that includes core psychology and computing modules alongside a strand of design-related courses that are shared.

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