Many people view psychology and computer science as two distinct fields with very little in common. The consensus is that computer science is a discipline that has strong research culture that is quantitative while psychology is rooted in qualitative research of human behavior and perception.

In reality, a lot of the computer science that we have today is inspired by psychology. Psychologists and computer scientists collaborate closely to create technology interfaces. This includes everything from car dashboards to cockpits, computer operating systems to game controllers. Also, a large portion of psychological research is heavily statistical and requires sophisticated software to process large data sets.

Psychologists are increasingly utilizing technology to expand their reach. The traditional methods of experimentation in psychology, which involve examining one aspect of behavior within a controlled environment or assessing more general patterns of behavior with self-report questionnaires or interviews have inherent limitations. (Experiments are usually restricted to a single experiment long-term studies are not often conducted due to the difficulty of collecting and analyzing large volumes of data.)

The use of computer technology has opened new avenues to understand individuals behavior. For instance the brain-imaging technique known as fMRI would not be possible without computers. Researchers can link certain brain regions to cognitive processes such as memory or reading. EEG (electroencephalography) is another example of a technology that uses computer processing to record and analyze brain activity.

Additionally that, the UK’s National Health Service now recognizes the practice of CCBT (computerized cognitive behavioral therapy) as a successful treatment for mild-to-moderate manifestations of depression and anxiety. Artificial intelligence (AI) is, on the other hand is set to transform psychotherapy by replacing the therapist and treating patients via online robots.