3 Things We’ve Learned About Facial Expressions & Depression

Just because someone smiles doesn’t mean everything’s all peachy. Which is why researchers are now taking a closer look at our facial expressions and using them to teach virtual therapists how to spot mental illness, The Atlantic reports.We first wrote about the technology last August, when researchers found that a virtual therapist could put clients at ease. Nicknamed Ellie, this animated therapist is someone you can talk to just like any other mental health professional — but one who has highly sophisticated cameras and MultiSense software trained right on your face. By picking up on body language subtleties (e.g. if you break eye contact) and asking the right follow-up questions (e.g. “Can you tell me more about that?”), Ellie can simulate the experience of seeing a human therapist.So, what can…

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