Capturing the Sound of Depression in the Human Voice, KQED

Adam Miner says there are risks in oversimplifying the complexity of medical diagnoses.

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Scholars discuss the benefits and risks of using talking software to address mental health, Stanford News

Adam Miner, Arnold Milstein and Jeff Hancock discuss how technological advances now offer the capability for patients to have personal health discussions with devices like smartphones and digital assistants

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SML research is featured in a report to the President and Congress

How can we tell if someone is lying to us in their tweet, their Facebook post, the news that they shared via a text or an online video? Worse yet, some of those people might not even be people, but bots coordinating to promote some propaganda or commercial interest.

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Decepticon 2017: Truth, Trust, and Tech

Decepticon 2017 was held from August 21st to 23rd in Paul Brest Hall, Stanford University. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners in the detection and prevention of deception.

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Crazy at the wheel: psychopathic CEOs are rife in Silicon Valley, experts say, The Guardian

Jeff Hancock has developed software that can analyze written language – in emails, tweets or blog posts – for language cues associated with psychopathy. He says that text-based communication is a much better way to communicate with someone you suspect is a psychopath.

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Stanford researchers uncover patterns in how scientists lie about their data, Stanford Report

Jeff Hancock and SML graduate student David Markowitz searched the archives of PubMed. They showed that fraudulent retracted papers scored significantly higher on an obfuscation index than papers retracted for other reasons.

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Truth, Trustworthiness and Technology in Political Campaigns

In this talk, Jeff Hancock discusses the state-of-the-art in deception detection research on how to spot a liar online, explore some new forms of deception, and examine how different technologies affect both how we lie and trust online.

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Trump’s bullsh*t: Why his supporters don’t care that he’s lying, CNN

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are seen as equally trustworthy by the public, and yet Trump makes false statements almost four times as often than Clinton.  How is this possible?

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Bay Area research leads to improvements to smartphone voice assistants, ABC7

There’s no hard data yet on how many people turn to voice assistants in a crisis. But SML’s Adam Minor and UCSF’s Eleni Linos believe hearing feedback from a human voice could influence how an emotional caller processes what’s happened to them — especially in the case of teens or young adults.

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Apple updates Siri’s response to ‘I was raped’, CNN

A recent study by SML’s Adam Minor and UCSF’s Eleni Linos compared responses to questions about mental health, interpersonal violence and physical health from popular conversational agents. The answers were inconsistent and incomplete, especially when it came to rape and domestic violence.

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