Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) developed a software program that can detect depression in blogs and online texts. The software is capable of identifying language that can indicate the writer's psychological state, which could serve as a screening tool.
Click here for the full article.
While I could venture to say that the world doesn’t need a program like this (isn’t it kind of obvious how happy someone is based on what and how they write?), I am still curios about the inner workings of this program. Can it really reveal profoundly ingrained psychological insights merely by one’s choice of words without knowing an author’s predisposed writing style? But the question I truly ponder: Can this little program determine jadedness? ;-)