Objective Methods for Reliable Detection of Concealed Depression

Cynthia Solomon, Michel F. Valstar, Richard K. Morriss, John Crowe
2015 Frontiers in ICT  
2015) Objective methods for reliable detection of concealed depression. Frontiers in ICT, 2 . 5/1-5/16. A note on versions: The version presented here may differ from the published version or from the version of record. If you wish to cite this item you are advised to consult the publisher's version. Please see the repository url above for details on accessing the published version and note that access may require a subscription. For more information, please contact eprints@nottingham.ac.uk ICT
more » ... ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE Recent research has shown that it is possible to automatically detect clinical depression from audio-visual recordings. Before considering integration in a clinical pathway, a key question that must be asked is whether such systems can be easily fooled. This work explores the potential of acoustic features to detect clinical depression in adults both when acting normally and when asked to conceal their depression. Nine adults diagnosed with mild to moderate depression as per the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II) and Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ, Chang, 2012) were asked a series of questions and to read a excerpt from a novel aloud under two different experimental conditions. In one, participants were asked to act naturally and in the other, to suppress anything that they felt would be indicative of their depression. Acoustic features were then extracted from this data and analyzed using paired t -tests to determine any statistically significant differences between healthy and depressed participants. Most features that were found to be significantly different during normal behavior remained so during concealed behavior. In leave-one-subject-out automatic classification studies of the 9 depressed subjects and 8 matched healthy controls, an 88% classification accuracy and 89% sensitivity was achieved. Results remained relatively robust during concealed behavior, with classifiers trained on only non-concealed data achieving 81% detection accuracy and 75% sensitivity when tested on concealed data. These results indicate there is good potential to build deception-proof automatic depression monitoring systems.
doi:10.3389/fict.2015.00005 fatcat:6bfyzvvfuvhh7m3b5vbcweqi6m