About this Research Topic
As an example, consider smartphone sensor data which can longitudinally capture social contact (calls, texts), movement type and intensity (via accelerometer data), and characteristics of one’s location and physical environment (via GPS). These data could be used to understand mental health measures by quantitatively estimating their association with mental health outcomes (e.g., a self-report instrument or a psychiatric interview), to develop predictive models of psychopathology (e.g., can we use this sensor data to predict changes in major depressive disorder symptoms across time?) and/or to test theoretical models (e.g., does a lack of social contact with others today relate to the severity of depressive changes tomorrow?).
Therefore, the current Research Topic aims to examine use of quantitative methods that integrate passively available data (of any type) with mental health assessment and objectives. Our goal is to demonstrate how passive sources of data, when paired with quantitative methods, can lead to an enhanced prediction and understanding of mental health. We welcome manuscript contributions with the aim of exemplifying the use of data collected with minimal active burden to better understand and/or predict mental health.
Data sources of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Smartphone and wearable sensors;
• Electronic health records;
• Social media data;
• Internet search data
Prof. Dr. Burkhardt Funk is a shareholder in HelloBetter. The other Topic Editors declare no competing interests in relation to the Research Topic theme.
Keywords: passive sensing, digital phenotyping, digital biomarkers, computational psychiatry, sensor data
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