“Mood Monitor” — The Discovery Files

It’s common to hear complaints about our near-constant connection to our smart phones, but UConn researchers believe they can use the ubiquity of these devices to better screen for depression. Depression is an affliction that affects 350 million people worldwide, and one of the most crucial issues for mental health workers is detecting it in patients in its early stages. Researchers say smartphones have the potential to serve as “human sensors” by monitoring users in real time for symptoms of depression.