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The SimSensei Microsoft Kinect sensors provide an alternative to standard therapy sessions. Developed by researchers at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, the program aims to help patients suffering from depression.
Those who use the SimSensei tool will be monitored based on body language and facial expressions. Depression will in turn be monitored based on the acquired data, adding a corporeal quality to the therapy niche.
This concept breaks with standard depression diagnoses which often make use of questionnaires. While the questions do gather essential information, that which is not expressed in a verbal fashion is disregarded. The Kinect sensors instead take into account all that has been left unsaid, expressed only in a physical manner.