The Rise Of Digital Technology In Mental Health


The question “How are you feeling?” is one of the more common inquiries of a person’s life. Yet, mood has been difficult to quantify and understand through technology due to the many factors that go into a person’s mood and the uniqueness of mood constructs among individuals.

However, as cognitive technology and artificial intelligence continue to advance, humans may be able to understand mood and mental health in a new way – through the power of our smartphones. From machine learning to enhanced mobile capabilities, there is more opportunity to put ideas to the test with digital technology than ever before.

With the announcement of Apple’s ResearchKit in March 2015, developers and health care professionals have been working to develop applications that leverage the functionality of the smartphone to aid in research – whether that’s using sensors, facial recognition, accelerometer or GPS tracking. In addition to Apple’s ResearchKit and functionality, IBM Watson and the cognitive technology it offers have created opportunities to put the evolving phenomenon of machine learning to the test in initiatives to advance the level of cognition in the technology we use in our day-to-day lives.

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