The Wall Street Journal published “A Computer That Can Hear a Marriage in Trouble” on 12-23-15.  The article reports on a study that used a computer program that analyzed speech of couples to see if it the results could help therapists understand how couples communicate, and possibly to predict whether the relationship would improve, worsen or stay the same.  This study compared predictions from the computer program with trained human rates, and found the computer program to be slightly (2%) more accurate.  The ultimate goal of this type of research is to use technology to study subtle changes of voice, gesture and word choices in order to make talk therapy more effective.

This research is clearly not yet particularly relevant for the actual practice of marital therapy, but we bring it to your attention as an indicator of how technology is being integrated into mental health research.

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