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Computer Psychotherapy Systems

Theory and Research Foundations, 1st Edition

By Morton Wagman


278 pages

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Originally published in 1988, this was the first book to examine the development, application and evaluation of computer counselling and psychotherapy. Integrating concepts of artificial intelligence and psychotherapy, this book provided extensive research data that compared the human therapist to the computer therapist at the time.

This title was intended for researchers, professionals, and students of psychotherapy and artificial intelligence. By exploring the automation of therapy and the design of empathetic software this book challenges counsellors and computer scientists to look at what may have been the most fascinating topic to arise in their fields for years to come.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures. Preface. Acknowledgements. Part 1: Introduction 1. Orienting Concepts 2. Theoretical Complexities 3. Pragmatic Considerations 4. Ethical Perspectives Part 2: Artificial Intelligence Research 5. Understanding Natural Language 6. The Representation of Knowledge 7. Expert Consultative and Tutorial Systems Part 3: Computer Counseling 8. Computer Models of Personality 9. Examples of Computer Counseling 10. PLATO DCS: An Expert Computer System for Personal Counseling 11. PLATO DCS: Further Development and Evaluation 12. Experimental Comparison of the PLATO DCS Expert System and Human Counselors as Methods of Psychological Counseling 13. Conclusion: Problems and Prospects of Computer Counseling. Appendix. Glossary. Bibliography. Author Index. Subject Index. About the Author.

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Morton Wagman

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Artificial Intelligence

"Artificial Intelligence" (AI) a term coined in the 1950s actually dates back as far as 1943. Now very much in the public consciousness, AI research has fallen in and out of favour over the years. Routledge Library Editions: Artificial Intelligence brings together as one set, or individual volumes, a small interdisciplinary series of previously out-of-print titles, originally published between 1970 and 1994. Covering ground in computer science, literature, philosophy, psychology, psychotherapy and sociology, this set is a fascinating insight into the development of ideas surrounding AI.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health