Best editing software is bad for the brain and the mind, according to researchers at Stanford University.
A study published in the journal Science shows that using editing software like Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator can make you feel like a robot.
In a new study, researchers looked at a sample of 6,944 individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and found that people who used those programs “had significantly more problems with the self-reported emotional processing of others, including interpersonal conflict and affective processing.”
The study used the autism diagnostic criteria to define the disorder, and the researchers found that those using these editing programs had higher rates of problems with interpersonal conflict than those who did not use those software.
In the study, which included 2,857 people who had an ASD, the researchers also found that the software used by the individuals had a greater impact on the participants’ subjective experience of their self-esteem than did the software that did not contain those terms.
“In the real world, it is not a surprise that the user of a software is more likely to have problems with their own sense of self, but in the editing software, these problems may not be obvious,” study author Dr. William Wrangham, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford, said in a statement.
“Our findings show that using a software can be harmful to individuals with ASD and that the negative effects of editing software on the brain are well documented.”
The authors suggest that editing software can make users feel like robots, as they are not used to interacting with humans.
In order to help users navigate through the software, the study authors included instructions on how to get the most out of it.
For example, if a user has difficulty with the software’s text, they may need to ask a question, then click on an icon to open a new window.
The study also shows that the results of the study were not uniform.
The people who were using the software with the most problems had higher scores on a test called the Autonomic Nervous System Test (ANSS), which measures self-regulation, social responsiveness, executive function and executive control.
In addition, the people who took the most pains to understand how their software worked reported the highest scores on an executive function test called Short Form Answering the Streak Test (SFAT).
The study was a collaboration between Stanford researchers and colleagues at The University of Michigan.
The researchers also used data from a previous study that used a questionnaire to measure a person’s level of autistic traits, and that study showed that people with autism had higher levels of the symptoms of autism.
The Stanford study comes after a series of studies that found that software can impact the brains of people with mental health problems.
In February, researchers at the University of Virginia examined the brains and behavior of 17 people who have autism and found they were more likely than people without autism to use the software for editing and making alterations in text.