A new application has appeared that helps to monitor the psychological state of patients. It even takes into account the speed and force of pressing when printing text.
Researchers at Dalhousie University in Canada have developed the PROSIT mobile app that can detect anxiety and depression. It takes into account how the user uses his phone, as well as the number of exercises, sleep, number of calls, message history, and musical tastes. There are also more subtle data – for example, the speed and strength of typing text can indicate an emotionally stressed state.
Users are also asked to record 90-second audio describing the worst and good events of the week and report their feelings on a five-point scale. So far, about 300 people are testing the application.
Scientists are well aware of privacy issues related to data tracking. Therefore, the use of the application requires the signing of a consent form, which is stored in encrypted form. However, researchers can only use this data anonymously, so stealing them is pointless.
Researchers note that such applications can be useful for solving psychological problems. Although PROSIT does not provide a complete picture of a person’s condition, it could help psychologists track and better understand the development of their patients outside the sessions. This is especially important during a pandemic when clients cannot visit their doctors live. This can lead to more targeted and effective treatment.