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​Evaluating the ​Clinical Utility of Speech a​nd Motor Characteristics in Psychiatry ​
Research Programmes Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Quality of Life (QoL)​
​Clinical PI: Dr Jim​​my LEE​​​​
Senior Consultant / Chief , Dept of Psychosis / North Region, Institute of Mental Health
​​Technical PI:​ ​​A/Prof Justin DAUWELS​
Associate Professor, School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
Negative symptoms and cognitive deficits in schizophrenia and depression significantly impact the daily functioning of patients. In clinical practice today, neurocognition, social cognition and negative symptoms are not reliably and consistently assessed in both schizophrenia and in depression. Their evaluations are often time consuming and require the expertise of a trained clinician. 

The positive findings from our interim analyses pave the way for identifying speech and motor characteristics as markers for these three overlapping clinical constructs. Therefore, in this observational study, we aim to explore the various speech and motor features extracted from recorded video and audio as the objective measurement of negative symptoms, neurocognition and social cognition in people with schizophrenia and depression. 

Upon the successful completion of this study, we envisage the development of 1) an algorithm that might translate speech and motor characteristics into clinically meaningful information on negative symptom, functioning, cognitive and social cognitive profile; And 2) a software as a convenient, efficient and objective evaluation tool to be implemented in routine clinical practice.​

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