A game which Can Detect Mental Illness

Scientists of the Australian organization for scientific and industrial research have created a computer game that will help diagnose mental illness.

During the game, participants are asked to choose one orange or blue color several times in a row. Players will receive points for each choice. After that, the program will track the further reaction of the person on the choice one made.

Then neural networks will analyze the data, it is able to differ behavioral patterns of healthy players and those who have depression or bipolar disorder.

This computer game was tested on 101 participants, among them 34 healthy players, 34 with depression and 33 with bipolar disorder. The program diagnosed a mental disorder with an error rate of about 20-30%.

The developers note that this is not enough for clinical use, so they will continue to work on improving the artificial intelligence that makes the diagnosis.

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