Mathematics, Technology, and Mental Illness

Kevin Passino (Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University)

(April 19, 2018 10:20 AM - 11:10 AM)

Mathematics, Technology, and Mental Illness

Abstract

Mental illnesses such as depression and bipolar disorder are highly prevalent and disabling.  A mathematical/computational model for mood disorders (e.g., depression and bipolar), and one therapy method, are briefly overviewed.  Then, key components of mood dynamics are analyzed: (i) “mood traps” (equilibria and stability), (ii) "mood-congruent attention" (stability and boundedness), and (iii) "mindfulness practice" as therapeutic attention re-balancing (stability, distraction rejection).  Finally, an overview of how these can be used for the development of technology for treatment, and psychoeducation, via bio-signal-driven (e.g., via EEG) adaptive music and virtual reality (i.e. feedback control).