In Brief

Koko app helps people with depression find support via real-time access to coaching

Koko is a crowdsourcing app aimed to use social media to benefit people suffering from depression.

Designed by researchers from MIT and Northwest University, this peer-to-peer networking tool helps people with depression build up support communities and practice the therapeutic technique cognitive reappraisal.

Initial research involved 166 subjects, who used Koko in lieu of traditional therapeutic tools known to work by the psychiatric community. Subjects of the study showed improved affect and reduced symptoms. The study sought to investigate two hypotheses: Could users gain clinical benefits from using the Koko app, and would people with depression engage with and use it regularly?

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