The Latest Social Anxiety Cure: Become Invisible!

Technology can be used to create the illusion that your body is completely invisible to yourself and others. Experiments show that this reduces social anxiety in stressful social situations. This finding may lead to exciting new treatment strategies.

What is it Like to Have Schizophrenia?

Virtual reality takes you into the minds of those who suffer from a mental illness.

Depression: Is There a Smartphone App for That?

There is tremendous potential for smartphone apps to enhance mental health treatments in new and exciting ways. However, there is a key limitation.

Fighting Addiction with Technology

New technologies are bringing existing addiction treatment strategies into the 21st century.

Diagnosing Dementia by Getting Lost in Virtual Worlds

Virtual reality technology provides a safe and cost effective way to test for dementia in elderly populations. Users navigate a virtual world while health practitioners monitor for signs of cognitive decline.

Why Virtual Humans Make Better Listeners

A recent study has demonstrated that people are more open and honest when talking to a virtual human than a real one.

Ethical Robots and Brain Implants for Mental Illness

Two recent grants provide funding for research into robot ethics and brain implants for the with mentally ill. These are both projects with exciting potential, but are not without opportunities for misuse.

Do Humans Make Bad Therapists?

In the second part of a two part series, we conclude our comparison between computerized therapy and traditional face-to-face therapy. Who comes out on top?

Man vs Machine: The Ultimate Therapist Showdown Part 1

Computerized therapy is becoming an increasingly popular and effective alternative to the traditional patient-therapist treatment model. In this two part series we will assess how these programs stack up against their human counterparts.

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Therapy

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) will lead to sophisticated computerized therapy systems in the coming years. These programs have the potential to revolutionize mental health treatment, but they do not need to simulate human intelligence in order to be effective.