Psychotic disorders tend to have a waxing and waning course, with vulnerable persons being at risk for a relapse, especially when antipsychotic medication is no longer used. Such psychotic relapses can often be prevented when a warning is received in time so that the patient and their clinical team can take appropriate measures.
These can consist of the reinstatement of medication, psychotherapy, social interventions or a combination of those. Accurate and timely warnings can thus make a huge difference. TRUSTING Project hypothesises that spontaneous speech specifically holds the key to predicting whether psychosis is imminent. In this project, people at risk of psychotic relapse will be asked to record short speech samples at regular intervals through a private and safe (remote) electronic environment.
Using artificial intelligence, these speech fragments will be analysed to recognise changes in speech. These changes may signal subtle tendencies of psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations, delusions, or thought disorders.
Our goal is to develop a user-friendly, trustworthy application that can be used from home to deliver a message when speech deviations predictive of psychotic relapse are detected. Hopefully, such an application will support people vulnerable to psychosis to live independently without fear of relapse with or without antipsychotic maintenance medication.
Find out more about the project here.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 101080251.
5 years | 2023-2028