Virtual humans work better than current ways to identify post-traumatic stress in soldiers

Credit: USC Institute for Creative TechnologiesAfter almost 17 years of fighting in Afghanistan, the United States is in the midst of the longest war in its history — with no end in sight. The human costs, both for Afghanis and Americans, have been tremendous. Even soldiers who return from the battlefield without physical injuries often suffer devastating bouts of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, which can lead to suicide.   Yet in many cases, especially milder ones, PTSD can go undiagnosed. One reason is that soldiers sometimes fear their careers could be jeopardized if a diagnosis is put on their record. Written tests administered anonymously show soldiers report higher rates of PTSD symptoms when their names aren’t being attached to the results. Yet those anonymous questionnaires have a shortcoming: They lack the personal connection that patients may feel with a human interviewer.   “When people feel rapport with a friend or doctor, they’re more willing to open up and say

Virtual humans work better than current ways to identify post-traumatic stress in soldiers

Soldiers are more likely to open up about post-traumatic stress when interviewed by a virtual interviewer than by taking a survey, finds a study published today in open-access journal Frontiers ...

Thu 12 Oct 17 from Medical Xpress

Virtual humans work better than current ways to identify post-traumatic stress in soldiers, Thu 12 Oct 17 from Science Blog

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When soldiers are allowed to build rapport with artificially intelligent interviewers in otherwise anonymous interviews, they become much more likely to report signs of PTSD.

Credit: USC Institute for Creative TechnologiesAfter almost 17 years of fighting in Afghanistan, the United States is in the midst of the longest war in its history — with no ...

Fri 13 Oct 17 from Discovery News

Virtual interviewer prods veterans to reveal post-traumatic stress

(Reuters Health) - Talking – to a computer-generated interviewer named Ellie – appears to free soldiers and veterans who served in war zones to disclose symptoms of post-traumatic stress, a ...

Thu 12 Oct 17 from Reuters

Virtual Therapists Help Veterans Open Up About PTSD

An artificially intelligent therapist named Ellie helps members of the military open up about their mental health.

Tue 17 Oct 17 from Wired Science

Virtual Humans Work Better than Current Methods to Identify PTSD in Soldiers

NewsSoldiers are more likely to open up about post-traumatic stress when interviewed by a virtual interviewer than by taking a survey, finds a study.Contributed Author: FrontiersTopics: A.I./Robotics

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