May 25, 2023 – The growth of artificial intelligence has drawn praise as well as anxiety and skepticism. But researchers from the University of Illinois Chicago and their colleagues have found that their AI app appears to be useful in treating anxiety and depression. And they hope it can soon help whittle down the lengthy waiting list for treatment.

In a pilot study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, researchers found that Lumen, an AI voice-based virtual coach for behavioral therapy, changed patients’ brain activity and brought self-reported improvements in depression and anxiety symptoms. 

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