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AI and its uses in psychology


6 months agoeSteem5 min read


Greetings, I'm here again, sure it seems strange that I'm talking about psychology, yes, but this post came partly by an idea I raised in a post @lanzjoseg in which I commented  

"Taking into account the behavioral profiles, this can be used in many ways perhaps as everything for good and bad, I mean put an example, someone depressed who so to speak you put in touch with some artificial intelligence able to help him in that situation in which he is, being some kind of psychologist or similar, sounds great, doesn't it? But if this is used to persuade or manipulate people to achieve a certain goal... it sounds terrible, doesn't it?". Source

From what I said to myself listen is a good idea, because you don't search a little more and comment in a post about what you have found... And that's how we got here, to this post in which after doing some searches I can say that my idea was not so far from reality and that if the safest thing is that there are people working on it...


It seems that there is no AI capable of analyzing or carrying out psychological studies at all, but as Aleix Hildebrandt comments in an article called "The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Psychology" published in LinkedIn (in spanish).

"If up to now it has been very complex to work with some constructs due to their multicausality, as well as to establish absolute laws, and therefore reliable prediction models, perhaps it is not so complex if we work with the support of an evolved AI to carry out such a function. That is why an interesting door is beginning to open in front of those of us who are dedicated to the study of human behaviour and its mental processes, comparable to the appearance of the steam engine in the industrial era. It is to be hoped that AI will incline even more the asyndotic slope where the current research is located, creating a paradigm shift in a few decades, if not years.” 

Source: Fragment extracted from the above mentioned article.

However, once the AI has been developed with the appropriate values for these purposes, it could give accurate results provided that the data administered to it are free from bias.

But in order to achieve all this it is necessary to bear in mind that it is not only to know how a person thinks, since in psychology, it can be said that it is not only how a person speaks or thinks, but there are other sources that provide valuable data, either the body attitude, the form or tone when speaking, the actions in front of certain particular circumstances, and so on.


So this IA would have to be composed of several "pieces" so to speak, explaining that better, it could be said that it can interpret gestures, whether bodily or facial, some system capable of capturing decibels and making a comparison during the process of information exchange, etc..

If you think that this is not developing, then I tell you that there is already a bot (EmiBot) able to recognize emotions and apparently has come to have a rate of 95.63% accuracy (here a link if you need more information (in english) ).

It could be said that the AI we are looking for in this case is one of the four types of AI that exist (according to Arend Hintze), called "theory of mind", but I would say that we would have to join it with another to make it more complete, this other called "self-consciousness". Being the first mentioned defined as an AI capable of understanding people, or any creature with emotions and behavior, which allows it to possess social interaction. And the second but not less important, the self-consciousness that this human capacity would bring (in some cases) to possess consciousness about things; it is important to point out that this could be considered something pending to be concretized.

For now I have only seen that there are certain apps (applications) that complement this field, applications like IFeel, which gives you the ability to measure your mood and keep a record of it every day, as well as analyze interactions with a bot or personal deals or even Chatbots (like Woebot) that help people suffering from anxiety, even this one says it can help people who have symptoms of depression, and if they go a little further, since it integrates data records and even access to emergency numbers when you notice some indication of key words such as suicide.


Woebot makes use of Facebook to make contact with the person and during several times a day asks them questions such as what they are doing or how they feel, thus giving them a way to reveal patterns that can be linked to certain types of feelings and thoughts in certain situations.

Thank you for getting to this part of my post, I have post pending on that special work (project) that I told you, but I have had delays with certain deadlines by some personal inconveniences that have arisen, but good soon comes... I do not leave without wishing you a good day, late or night.

Some links that may be of interest



Fuente: Mi galería de Giphy


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