Computerised Self-help Intervention for Adolescent Depression

According to a study published in BMJ, adolescents suffering from depression can benefit just as much from specialised computer therapy as they do from one-to-one therapy with a clinician. Researchers from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, set out to assess whether a new innovative computerised cognitive behavioural therapy intervention called SPARX could reduce depressive [...]

More than twenty percent of U.S. adults don’t use the Internet

Internet use has increased from 50 percent in June 2000 to nearly 80 percent in August 2011. However, a new study conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life project, reports that about one out of every five Americans simply don’t utilize the Internet at all. Within this group, approximately half attributed this fact to [...]

Boosting Cognitive Functioning in Older Adults Through Online Games

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that playing the online video game World of Warcraft (WoW) actually boosted cognitive functioning for older adults – particularly those adults who had scored poorly on cognitive ability tests before playing the game. Researchers from NC State’s Gains Through Gaming laboratory first established a baseline by testing [...]

Physician-Patient Email

A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) surveyed physicians use of email with patients over a two year period. In addition, researchers determined whether physicians have more readily embraced the best-practice guidelines for email communication with patients. Using two surveys comprised of 14,921 physicians in 2005 and 7003 different physicians in [...]

Asynchronous Telepsychiatry

In a new study published in Psychiatric Services, researchers from UC Davis School of Medicine found that psychiatrists can accurately assess a patient’s mental health by viewing videotaped interviews that are sent to them for consultation and treatment recommendations. The approach, called asynchronous telepsychiatry, uses store-and-forward technology, in which medical information is retrieved, stored and [...]

Brain Scans to Guide Career Choice?

A team of researchers led by Richard Haier, from the University of California, Irvine, USA, investigated the neurological basis for performance on aptitude tests. It is well known that general aptitude tests and specific mental ability tests are important tools for vocational guidance. Researchers are now asking whether performance on such tests is based on [...]

Personal Identity and Avatars Rights

An interesting article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research discusses the rights and ethical issues pertaining to the use of avatars as representing a person. The authors Mark and Abraham Graber from the Carver College of Medicine and the University of Iowa begin by stating “there is an astounding silence in the peer-reviewed literature [...]

Artificial Intelligence for Improving Team Sports

Researchers at the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid are participating in a study to develop a system for evaluating sport performance by applying the principles of  artificial intelligence techniques to automatically analyze the development of plays. The aim of this project is to determine certain performance indicators in team sport competition and training for analyzing [...]

A Pacemaker for The Brain

A team of researchers from Tel Aviv University’s Psychobiology Research Unit and an international group from Austria, England and Spain are working on a chip that will provide deep brain stimulation precisely where and when it’s needed. This chip is called the Rehabilitation Nano Chip (or ReNaChip). It is hooked up to tiny electrodes which [...]

Online Interactions Meets Real-life Communities

According to researchers at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Illinois, online interactions not only have positive outcomes for real-life, place-based communities, but the intersection between online communication and the offline world also forms two halves of a support mechanism for communities. Published in the April 2010 issue of American Behavioral Scientist, [...]