Most people do not think about high-tech like an academic discipline such as psychology. However, along with technological development, these advances have played an important role in the development of the field of psychology. In the last few years, many important technologies have been used in psychology to break new possibilities.
Sensors for measuring mental states
Electronic stress assistants are designed to monitor its level in everyday life. Sensors can be worn imperceptibly, for example in socks. When patients are aware of the increasing level of stress, they will be able to take appropriate corrective actions to prevent burnout and depression.
Greater awareness of how technology changes us
Text messages, social networks, Wi-Fi and mobile phones allow us to communicate with others at any time. In fact, these technologies in many respects become our identity. Do not you agree? And when did you last update your Facebook status to show off your new shoes or a gym visit? Or maybe you play online?
In an article for New Scientist Tech magazine, Professor MIT, Sherry Turkle, claims that technological tools transform human psychology: “The self that grows up with multitasking and fast response measures success through calls, responses to emails or messages. There may be losses in this activity noise that we are not prepared to maintain. “
Creation of programs combined with psychology / technology
Some academic programs are beginning to adapt to the growing interest in the combined fields of psychology and technology. MIT joined other colleges by adding courses on the unique connection between these two fields.
The University of Alabama has opened a unique laboratory combining psychology and technology to focus on the interaction between complex systems and people. There is no doubt that as long as technologies develop, they will have a significant impact, both positive and negative, on us as individuals and society.