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Summary: Researchers conducted a pioneering pilot study, utilizing an AI voice-based virtual coach, Lumen, for behavioral therapy. The study showed promising results, with improved depression and anxiety symptoms in patients alongside notable changes in brain activity.
The study brings hope for the use of virtual therapy to mitigate issues related to mental health care access. While not intended to replace traditional therapy, the technology could serve as an essential interim solution for patients awaiting treatment.
- Lumen, an AI voice assistant, was used to deliver a form of psychotherapy in a pilot study, which led to improved depression and anxiety symptoms in patients.
- The UIC study reported changes in the brain activity of patients, particularly increased activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, an area associated with cognitive control.
- The researchers emphasize that while Lumen and similar technology can’t replace human therapists, they can help bridge the gap between supply and demand in mental health care.