Psychiatry Looks to Data For Clinical Tools

Growing interest in harnessing big data and other numerical tools in the emerging field of “computational psychiatry” is reflected in the series of papers published this month in a science journal that together shed more light on how these tools can be used to treat mental illness. The latest thinking on computational psychiatry was published in the March edition of the journal Nature Neuroscience, with a focus on neural computation and the clinical applications of computational psychiatry. Among the goals, practitioners note, is accelerating the transition from research to therapies. “Translating advances in neuroscience into benefits for patients with mental illness presents enormous challenges because it involves both the most complex organ, the brain, and its interaction with a similarly complex environment,” note the authors of a paper on bridging…


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