Computers will assess for psychiatric risk soon

A new study published in the Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE journal and reported in Reuters suggests that soon computers will be able to assess for risk of psychiatric disorders.  Citing the need for early intervention as these problems emerge in adolescence, the computer will be the answer to this need.  Does anyone else find this a bit distressing?

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1 Response to “Computers will assess for psychiatric risk soon”


  1. 1 Joseph S February 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    There is no mention of how these computers were taught to assess the risk. Somehow these computers could assign an adolescent to either a high risk or low risk category. But risk for what? Base rate, false positives, false negatives ??? And what was picked up by these fMRIs? … in this small sample…

    A very unsatisfying read!


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