The clinical assessment of suicidal tendency is currently done only by a psychological assessment which essentially involves asking the question — Are you suicidal?

According to a clinical research published by United States National Library of Medicine in a study called “Clinical Correlates of inpatient suicide,” four in five patients who died by suicide had denied such tendencies in psychological assessment.

According to a new study titled “Machine learning of neural representations of suicide and emotion concepts identifies suicidal youth” by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, artificial intelligence models may succeed where psychologists don’t in detect such tendencies.

The researchers put 17 adults with suicidal ideation using 17 control subjects who were not known to have such tendencies and put them in fMRI scanner to measure which areas of the brain would be activated when the subjects would be thinking about those keywords.

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