An App-Based Game to Treat Depression

An App-Based Game to Treat Depression

Dr. Charney and Dr. Iacoviello have developed an app-based game to treat depression that targets the parts of the brain associated with emotional processing and cognitive control. Players are shown a human face and asked to identify which emotion is shown on the face; over time, this is intended to change the brain circuits associated with depression, significantly reducing symptoms. The concept shows a lot of promise—an early study showed that patients using the app had significantly fewer symptoms of major depressive disorder compared to a control group.


Published

September 23, 2019

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Physician's Channel - Mount Sinai New York

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Dennis Charney, MD

Dennis Charney, MD

Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System

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Brian Iacoviello, PhD

Brian Iacoviello, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Director of Scientific Affairs, Click Therapeutics

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