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Virtual Doctors

One day soon we will sit down in front of our computer and talk to a avatar, what do you think about that?

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What do you think about having a virtual doctor? Would you feel comfortable sitting down in front of a virtual psychologist and answering questions? Maybe we should give this some thought. It might work better than we think.

Virtual psychologists have been found to pick up on certain things that a human doctor doesn’t. For instance, she can read you by the way you smile, what you say, your posture, the tone of your voice and everything about you. In fact she can read you like a book.

Age-standardised disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rates from Post-traumatic stress disorder by country (per 100,000 inhabitants). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another interesting fact is that people are more willing to open up to an avatar than to another human.

Dr. Jonathan Gatch who did the research found that people were more forthcoming with an avatar. He believes it will especially be of service to soldiers who suffer from post traumatic stress. Soldiers place a premium on being tough and are often reluctant to seek treatment, but find it easier to speak to a computer.

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