Some people see computers and psychology as two distinct fields with little in common. The most popular view is that computer science has a very rigorous and quantitative research culture, while psychological research is based on more qualitative research into human behavior and perception.

In fact, the majority of the modern computer science is influenced by psychology. The design of technology interfaces – from car dashboards, to airplane cockpits as well as operating systems for computers to game controllers are mostly brought about by psychologists working closely with computer scientists. A significant portion of psychological research requires sophisticated software to process large data sets.

Psychologists are increasingly relying on technology to extend their reach. While the traditional techniques for testing of psychology – examining one aspect of behavior in a controlled setting, or assessing broader behavior patterns through self-report surveys psychology and computers and interviews – have inherent limitations (experiments are limited to a single experiment; longitudinal experiments are uncommon due to the difficulty of collecting and analyzing massive amounts of data).

Computer technology has given us new ways to understand the behavior of individuals. Computers are essential to the brain-imaging technology fMRI. Researchers can link certain brain regions to cognitive processes such as reading or memory. EEG (electroencephalography) is another example of a technology that uses computer processing to record and analyze brain activity.

The CCBT method is now accepted by the UK’s National Health Service as an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Artificial intelligence (AI), on the other hand is set to transform psychotherapy by replacing therapists and treating patients via online robots.