There are those who view psychology and computer science as two distinct fields with very little in common. The most popular view is that computer science has an extremely rigorous and quantitative research culture while psychology studies are rooted in more qualitative studies of behavior and human perception.

In reality, a lot of modern computer science is inspired by psychology. Psychologists and computer scientists collaborate to develop technology interfaces. This includes everything from dashboards for cars to cockpits, computer operating systems to game controllers. A significant portion of psychological research requires sophisticated software for processing large data sets.

Psychologists are increasingly relying upon technology to expand their reach. While the traditional methods of experimentation of psychology – examining one aspect of behavior in a very controlled setting or assessing larger behavioral patterns by means of self-report questionnaires and interviews – suffer from inherent limitations (experiments are limited to a single study; longitudinal studies are uncommon because of the difficulty of collecting and analyzing large amounts of data).

Computer technology has given us new avenues to study people’s behavior. For example the brain-imaging technology fMRI wouldn’t be possible without computers. This technology allows researchers to match specific areas of the brain to specific 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.

The CCBT approach is now recognized by the UK’s National Health Service as an effective treatment for moderate to mild anxiety and depression. Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to transform the practice of psychotherapy by replacing therapists with robots that can examine and treat patients on the internet.