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Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges...Full Story >
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a computer generated therapist help diagnose depression or other emotional
is a computer application designed to do just that, and it holds a lot of promise for
mental health providers.
computer generates a pleasant voice of a young woman and says, "Please feel free
to tell me anything. Your answers will be totally confidential. Will that be
alright with you?"
Her name is 'Ellie', a computer generated therapist programmed to engage the
patient in a conversation about their emotional health like a real person. Yet unlike a computer, she can read body language.
Dr. Walter Smitson who heads the Central Clinic says body language is important
"About 80% of what we convey to each other is
non-verbal," said Dr. Smitson.
says it's those non-verbal cues that reveal a lot about how a person is really
"A person may be saying I'm OK. I'm feeling fine, and their body
language may be telling a totally different story. So I think we try to put those two pieces of information
together. Is what you're saying verbally... Let's put that together. Does it
match up with what your body language shows," explained Dr. Smitson.
is designed to uncover even the smallest changes in body language. She tracks
the patient's body language, like eye movement, gestures and vocal features, more
than 1000 times a minute.
Dr. Strakowski leads UC Medical Center's Psychiatry Department. He says it's something people do intuitively.
has quantified the same kinds of things that a human brain would also see, but
it makes a more direct measurement, as opposed to somewhat of an intuitive
measurement," Dr. Strakowski said.
Ellie is used as a tool rather than a replacement for
"One of the hopes with these kinds of programs is that people who
may be uncomfortable, anxious or even dishonest in front of a person, may not be
those things in front of a computer, but there's a lot of work to go to see if
that's really true," added Dr. Strakowski.
Ellie computer simulation isn't currently being used in the Tri-State area, but
the folks here at UC Medical Center say that's just a matter of time.
was originally commissioned by the Department of Defense as a way to help
military therapists prevent suicides among troops returning from Iraq and
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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Monday, July 28 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:12:32 GMT
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area. According to the National Weather Service, numerous trees and power lines were blown downFull Story >
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