Virtual Humans Boost Mental Health Recovery (Science & Technology Research News)

Virtual Humans Boost Mental Health Recovery

Humans are social creatures, but some things are just hard to talk about. For many people, mental health is one of those things.

But what if you can’t talk about something where the leading treatment is talk therapy? Maybe try speaking to someone who’s not human.

Benjamin Lok, a professor in the computer and information science and engineering department at the University of Florida, has been studying applications of virtual humans for two decades. His research has led to the creation of dozens of virtual characters that appear in 1,500 different programs around the world and wrack up over a million virtual patient interactions a month with his company, Shadow Health.

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