Psychology and Computers

The field of psychology and computers are interwoven in numerous ways. Technology has a major influence on the way that psychological research and treatment are performed. Psychologists are now able to reach more patients and provide services in a more efficient manner. This is particularly applicable during pandemics like the recent Covid-19 outbreak, where digital technology allows patients to receive treatment from a distance.

Computers have a rich history in the study human psychology. They started with the development and application of magnetic resonance imaging scanners (MRIs) and electroencephalogram machines, which allowed scientists to capture images of the brain during psychological experiments. Computers also make it possible to store and analyse huge amounts of information, helping to create more accurate, replicable research.

In addition, computer-aided design allows researchers to create sophisticated models of the mind. These models are tested in various situations to determine how they respond. This is a significant improvement over conventional methods of collecting psychological data such as self-report questionnaires or interviews. These are only able to capture one aspect of the subject at any given moment and require subjects be encouraged to participate.

In the modern era, psychology and computing are inextricably linked. This means that students of psychology are well placed to assist in the development of technology that will define our future. This is especially true because our relationship with technology continues to evolve. New tools for measurement and assessment are being developed, and inter-disciplinary collaboration is becoming more crucial in the creation of this software and the understanding of its impact on humans. This is evident in our degree programme, which includes core psychology and computing modules alongside a strand of shared design-related modules.


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