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Technology touches or influences the entirety of our lives today and that’s the case in the field of psychology. Similar to how technology influences how people behave, work, and think psychologists also make use of technology to explore and understand mental illness, as well as to treat them. Technology also aids psychologists with their research by allowing them to gather and analyze data quicker and more accurately than they could otherwise. From the use of computers in fMRI imaging to the development of electronic symptom assessments and tracking tools for patients with depression and anxiety technology is an integral element of psychological treatment and research.

Technology also impacts the way that humans interact with the digital systems in which they interact with every day. A lot of the most well-known technology companies have departments that include psychologists that are experts in perception and cognition of humans. They conduct research to study how users react to certain designs, and give recommendations based on that. In fact, most of the time, when you’re using a piece of technology, whether it’s your phone or Facebook, you’re benefiting from the collaboration between computer science and psychology.

Sidney D’Mello, a researcher at Notre Dame University, is one of the many researchers who work at the intersection Resources of computers and psychology. His research is focused on “affective computing,” which is the study of the way computers recognize and interpret, emotions. For example, his team has developed a model which could allow a computer to know when a person is about to become angry or anxious, so it can intervene before it happens.