Psychology and Computers

When you first think of it, computers and psychology might seem like two completely separate domains. Computer scientists create software and code algorithms to assist people with their daily tasks while psychologists study human behavior and mental well-being. But the truth is that these two disciplines have a lot in common. Some of the most interesting research in both fields is being conducted by combining psychology with computer science.

Computer science has made it simpler to conduct research in psychology. For instance FMRI scanners permit psychologists to identify which parts of the brain are activated during particular thoughts or actions. Online questionnaires eliminate the biases inherent in paper-and-pencil surveys.

But it’s the interaction between computer scientists and psychologists that has really transformed the way we interact with technology. One of the most significant events in this fusion occurred in 1983 when the publication of The Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction by three researchers from the Palo Alto Research Centre of Xerox–Stuart Card, Thomas Moran, and Allen Newell.

It pushed studies of the way that humans use computers into the realm of computer science, separating psychological methods from their human context and prompting psychologists to play catch-up. Psychometricians and other fields of psychology that are concerned with numerical evaluations discovered the computer science approach especially useful.

Today, psychologists and computer scientists are working together to create AI which can better comprehend human behavior. For instance psychologists are helping to shape the ethical guidelines for the development of algorithms that could help predict a person’s depression risk by studying their social media usage. Psychologists are using cognitive behavior therapy in virtual reality to treat anxiety disorders as well as other conditions.

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