mental health

mhealth: the digital placebo effect of health apps

mhealth: the digital placebo effect of health apps

Sharing information about the expected effect of a health app before its use and providing positive feedback regarding its effectiveness after its use have the potential to strengthen the placebo effect.

Virtual reality helps to treat fear of heights

Virtual reality helps to treat fear of heights

Researchers have developed a VR app to reduce fear of heights. Now, they have conducted a clinical trial to study its efficacy.

Soft brain implant controls brain cells​

Soft brain implant controls brain cells​

Researchers have invented a smartphone-controlled soft brain implant that can be recharged wirelessly from outside the body.

AI-designed serotonin sensor may help study mental health

AI-designed serotonin sensor may help study mental health

NIH BRAIN Initiative scientists used machine learning to redesign a bacterial ‘Venus flytrap’ protein that can monitor brain serotonin levels in real time.

Are digital trackers for mental health fit for purpose?

Are digital trackers for mental health fit for purpose?

Digital tracking of people with mental health conditions has the power to transform medical diagnostics and treatment, but its claims need careful scrutiny.

VR helps measure vulnerability to stress

VR helps measure vulnerability to stress

Behavioral scientists have developed a virtual reality test that assesses a person’s vulnerability to stress while exploring immersive environments.

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