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AI And Its Role In Psychology


Artificial intelligence (AI) has become more and more popular in the past few years. This type of technology has been a game changer, allowing people to create content and write up contracts. It also has a creative side where it can make visual art and compose music. Generally, it allows people to get more work done.

Generative AI is a type of technology that can produce various types of content, including text, imagery, audio, and synthetic data. New user interfaces allow for the creation of high-quality text, graphics, and videos in just seconds.

Generative AI is influencing the professional world as well. It’s even been seen in psychological practices. However, there are ethics and risks that need to be taken into consideration. Here’s a look at some of them.

Making Diagnoses and Treatment Plans

The use of generative AI in making diagnoses and treatment plans is a black and white issue. It is not recommended as it requires inputting confidential or sensitive personal information. This raises various ethical and legal risks by breaching privacy laws. Also, an AI tool may claim not to store data, but underlying platforms may do so.

AI also raises the challenge of consent. If a psychologist fails to inform a client that AI is involved in making important decisions about their diagnosis or therapy, that’s a violation of informed consent.

Reliance on AI could lead to incorrect diagnoses and inappropriate treatment plans. AI can be used to generate ideas for treatment. However, psychologists should use their knowledge to determine if these treatment options have merit.

Barriers and biases

When using AI, barriers and biases are other things to look for. Psychologists should be sensitive to economic and cultural barriers when using AI. An economic barrier would be the cost. Some versions of AI are free, but others require subscriptions.

Cultural barriers are more complicated. One way to look at it is that generative AI uses one-third of the Internet, and most of that research is in English. That is not going to adequately represent diverse perspectives. There’s also the potential for incomplete data and reinforcing stereotypes, which means AI might not be appropriate for some groups. It’s important to keep these limitations in mind.

Looking ahead, the ethical issues and risks raised by AI will likely change. Some applications are  being built especially for healthcare. This is exciting news, as purpose-built such apps will likely be more thoughtful about health and privacy laws.

In any case, it is important to understand that technology is always changing. What is relevant now may not be relevant the same time next year.

Keep Your License With Help From a Tampa Psychologist Licensing Lawyer 

Technology is changing everything. Generative AI has issues and risks that psychologists need to be aware of when dealing with clients.

A Tampa psychologist licensing lawyer from The Law Offices of David P. Rankin, P.A. can help you deal with administrative issues and keep your license. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call (813) 968-6633.