Psychology and Computers

Psychology and Computers


The psychology field and computers are interwoven in a variety of ways. Technology has a significant impact on how research and treatment is performed. Psychologists are now able reach more people and offer their services in a more convenient way. This is particularly applicable during times of pandemics like the recent Covid-19 outbreak because technology can provide the opportunity for patients to receive treatment via the internet.

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 enable scientists to take photographs of the brain during psychological tests. Computers also make it possible to store and analyse huge amounts of data, which helps to develop more accurate, replicable studies.

Additionally, computer-aided design allows researchers to create advanced models of the mind. These models can then be tested to see how they react in various situations. This is an improvement over conventional methods of collecting psychological data, such as self-report questionnaires or interviews. They only record only one aspect of the subject at any given moment and require subjects be encouraged to participate.

In the modern era computers and psychology are inextricably linked. Psychology students are well-positioned to help in the development of technology that will determine the future. This is especially so since our relationship with technology is constantly evolving. New tools to measure and assess are constantly being developed. Collaboration between different disciplines is becoming more important in the creation of these programs and in knowing its impact on people. This is evident in our degree programme, which includes core psychology and computing modules alongside a strand of design-related modules that are shared.