Tuesday, 10 Nov, 2009 Health & Fitness

Software Reveals Signs of Depression


An interesting invention produced at Massachusetts Institute of Technology – a piece of software capable of diagnosing signs of looming depression in patients.

It's well known that you can say a lot about people by analyzing the way they speak. According to the ABC, Researchers at MIT's Media Lab in collaboration with Cogito Health are going to extend this notion by producing a special voice-analysis computer program that will help medical staff reveal patients in blues, for instance, when holding phone consultations.

Depressed people intend to speak in a low quiet tone with frequent halts, researchers say. The task of the software developers is to 'teach' the program to recognize those typical patterns to assure that people in low spirits would be identified and provided with help sooner than usually.

First study's results of this interesting invention are expected to be published in 2010.

Posted by gurk

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