“In Afghanistan, a new therapist is talking with soldiers. Her name is Ellie, she is the face of a computer program and she could be the key to identifying PTSD in America’s military.
Equipped with a Microsoft Kinect motion sensor, she nods at the right time, urges patients on with a well-timed “uh-huh,” and knows when to stop talking. A study released earlier this month found that patients were more willing to open up to Ellie than to a human therapist, mostly because they felt like they were not being judged by the computer program.”
BY KEITH WAGSTAFF at NBC News
Research Study – Dr. Gale Lucas, The University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563214002647
The University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies: http://ict.usc.edu