ERIC Number: ED376423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Artificial Intelligence, Counseling, and Cognitive Psychology.
Brack, Greg; And Others
With the exception of a few key writers, counselors largely ignore the benefits that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cognitive Psychology (CP) can bring to counseling. It is demonstrated that AI and CP can be integrated into the counseling literature. How AI and CP can offer new perspectives on information processing, cognition, and helping is focused upon. Some of the various computer simulations developed by the authors along with those programs available from software publishers, are reviewed. Such programs can provide a potent means of simulating various counseling related systems. Besides providing insights into clinical practice, such simulations can offer training and supervision experiences into CP studies of systems theory, emergent properties, and emotions. The rapid evolvement of AI and CP in the last few years means that the only major barrier to opening these fields to counseling applications is ignorance of their applicability and their availability. These technologies allow counselors to experience more empirical thought experimenting environments so that therapists can test these simulations against the real world of counseling. While these technologies will never replace more traditional research paradigms, they can become an invaluable adjunctive teaching and research tool for counseling professionals. (Contains 38 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).