Psychology and Computers

Publicado em: 08/10/2023
Autor: yeti lab
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When you first think about it, computers and psychology might appear to be two completely distinct fields. Computer scientists create software and code algorithms to help people with their daily tasks psychology studies human behavior and mental well-being. However, the reality is that these two disciplines overlap in many ways. In fact some of the most exciting research being done in both fields is involving combining psychology and computer science.

Computer technology has made it easier to conduct psychological research. For example, fMRI scans allow psychologists to observe which parts of the brain are active during certain kinds of actions or thoughts. And online questionnaires eliminate the biases that are inherent in paper and pencil surveys.

However, it’s the collaboration between psychologists and computer scientists that has truly changed the ways we interact with technology. One of the most significant moments of this fusion took place in 1983 with the release of The Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction by three researchers at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center–Stuart Card, Thomas Moran, and Allen Newell.

It shifted research into how people use computers into the realm of computer science. This removed psychological methods from their context in humans and made it necessary for psychologists to catch up. Psychometricians and other psychology branches that deal with numerical evaluations have found the computer science approach particularly beneficial.

Psychologists are now working together with computer scientists to develop AI that can better understand human behavior. Psychologists are helping to create ethical guidelines for algorithms that can predict the risk of depression based on a person’s social media activity. And psychologists are incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy into virtual reality, which can be used to treat anxiety and other disorders.