Psychology and Computers

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Technology is a factor in virtually every aspect of our lives today and this is no different with regard to psychology. In the same way that technology influences how people behave and think, and how they work, psychologists make use of technology to study, understand, and even treat mental disorders. Technology aids psychologists in their research by permitting them to collect and analyse data much faster and more accurately than they might be able to. Technology is an integral aspect of the field of psychological research and treatment. From using computers for FMRI imaging, to the development of electronic tools to track and evaluate symptoms in patients with depression or anxiety.

Technology also affects the interaction between humans and the digital systems they interact with on a regular basis. A lot of the most well-known technology companies around the globe have large departments of psychologists who are experts in human cognition and perception. They conduct research studies to study how users react to certain designs and then give recommendations based on that. In reality, the majority times you’re using a piece of technology, be it your phone or Facebook you’re benefiting from the partnership between computer science and psychology.

At Notre Dame, Sidney D’Mello is among the 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 detect and interpret emotions. For example, his team has created a model that could enable a computer to detect when a user is about to become angry or anxious, and can take action before that occurs.

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