How Virtual Therapy Could Help the Military Fight PTSD (video) – Dr. Gale Lucas

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“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

Read the full story: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/gadgets/how-virtual-therapy-could-help-military-fight-ptsd-n168746

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