Psychology isn’t an exception. Technology influences or touches almost every aspect of our lives today, including psychology. Similar to how technology influences how people act or work and think psychologists also utilize technology to study and understand mental illnesses as well as treat them. Technology also aids psychologists with their research, allowing them to collect and analyze data much quicker and more precisely than they would otherwise. From using computers to create fMRI images to the development of electronic symptom evaluation and tracking tools for patients suffering from depression and anxiety Technology is an integral component of psychological treatment and research.

Technology also influences the relationship humans have with the digital systems with which they interact with every day. Many of the world’s most famous technology companies have large departments that are staffed with psychologists who are experts in human cognition and perception conducting studies to discover how users react to certain designs, and recommend changes based on their findings. In the majority of cases, when you are using a piece technology, like your phone or Facebook you benefit by the collaboration between psychology and computer science.

At Notre Dame, Sidney D’Mello is one of many researchers working on the intersection the two fields of psychology and computers. His research focuses on “affective computing,” which is the study of how computers can detect and interpret emotions. For example, his team has developed a system that can allow computers to know when a person is about to become angry or anxious, and can intervene before it happens.