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.
Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
President for Academic Affairs
Mount Sinai Health System
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Director of Scientific Affairs, Click Therapeutics