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Smartphones Can Predict Brain Function Associated with Anxiety, Depression


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A Dartmouth College study found that information from smartphones can predict connectivity between brain regions that govern emotion, and anticipate neural functions linked to anxiety and depression.

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A study from Dartmouth College found that information from smartphones can predict connectivity between brain regions that govern emotion, and anticipate neural functions linked to anxiety and depression.

The researchers analyzed phone usage data alongside results from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans to verify that passively collected information can reflect brain activity associated with such emotions.

Predictions based on smartphone data alone matched brain scans with 80% accuracy.

Dartmouth's Mikio Obuchi said, "Although this research is just beginning, combining data from smartphones—rather than fMRI alone—will hopefully accelerate research to understand better how the human brain works."

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