In low spirits or on cloud nine? This device decodes your mood

Sep 11, 2018, 6:44 AM EDT
(Source: Courtney Carmody/flickr)
(Source: Courtney Carmody/flickr)

A group of researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) and UC San Francisco is on cloud nine, the reason being an experimental program that can decode mood variations by reading neural signals in the human brain.

Decoding mood through data has been an unaccomplished task for the researchers to date as the mood isn’t represented by a localized region in the brain, notes Eurek Alert. The intricate nature of activity and coordination between multiple sites representing mood is another challenge that researchers had to overcome.

The new approach is a step towards developing more personalized therapies for depression and anxiety disorders, now that researchers know “how you move that mood around,” reports The Wall Street Journal.