Pervasive and Mobile published these findings in their December of 2021 volume. ADVERTISEMENT The research couldn’t have come at a better time, with more people experiencing anxiety than ever before. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), anxiety affects about 30% of US adults throughout their lifetime, making it the most prevalent mental disorder.
However, recent events have made anxiety symptoms even worse for many people.“In the two years since the onset of COVID-19, and one climate disaster after another, more and more people are experiencing anxiety,” says SFU visiting professor and social psychologist Gulnaz Anjum. “Our research appears to show that AI could provide a highly reliable measurement for recognizing the signs that someone is anxious.”They added that AI could detect anxiety and help treat and monitor mental disorders. ADVERTISEMENT Anjum collaborated with Nida Saddaf Khan and Sayeed Ghani from the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan, for the research.
They gathered comprehensive data from adult volunteers for their Human Activity Recognition (HAR) study. Participants performed several activities in an instructed order while wearing sensors designed to track their movements.Next, the team created a dataset of common anxiety symptoms so the sensors could detect anxiety. These include typical behaviors such as nail-biting, knuckle cracking, idle sitting, and hand tapping.
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