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Computer assisted therapy is psychotherapy or therapy delivered with the aid of a computer

Use in psychotherapyEdit

Roger Gould has pioneered the use of computer-assisted and web-based therapy. He was honored by The Smithsonian Institution as a pioneer in the field of computer-assisted therapy. In 2001, Gould’s method of computer-assisted therapy was found to be about as effective as traditional therapy.[1]

Computer-assisted therapy for reasoning about communicative actionsEdit

Many remediation strategies have not taken into account that people with autism suffer from difficulties in learning social rules from examples. Computer-assisted autism therapy has been proposed [2] to teach not simply via examples but to teach the rule along with it. A reasoning rehabilitation strategy, based on playing with a computer based mental simulator that is capable of modeling mental and emotional states of the real world,[3] has been subject to short-term and long-term evaluations. The simulator performs the reasoning in the framework of Belief-desire-intention model. Learning starts from the basic concepts of knowledge and intention and proceeds to more complex communicative actions such as explaining, agreeing, and pretending.

See alsoEdit


  1. A Comparison of Computer-Based Versus Traditional Individual Psychotherapy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 2001, Vol. 32, No. 1, 92-96.
  2. Galitsky B. A computational simulation tool for training autistic reasoning about mental attitudes. Knowledge-based Systems. doi:10.1016/j.knosys.2013.04.018.
  3. Galitsky B. Exhaustive simulation of consecutive mental states of human agents. Knowledge-based Systems. 2012;41(3):1–20. doi:10.1016/j.knosys.2012.11.001.

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