“Infrared emotions and behaviours”: Thermal imaging in psychology
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Psychology is a social science that studies behavioral changes and mental processes. Usually, the theory and diagnosis of conditions has been based on a consultation process of working with a therapist through a series of questions, exercises and techniques. When we consider, for example, social anxiety – a fear of social situations and an avoidance of normal social interactions – a therapist traditionally talks through the issues with the client and relies purely on the descriptions of the client’s feelings and emotions connected to these events. When working through a treatment program, the therapist would need to rely on the client reporting improvements in their approach to triggers, based on their changing emotional response to the situations that caused them anxiety. Although, there are demonstrative physiological responses, they are usually not measured as their recording requires a special process. But what if we could have images to read psychology?
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