A New Frontier in Health and Wellness: The Intersection between Super-Recognizers, Deepfakes, and Mental Health (Hypothesis)

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3 min readSep 23, 2023

Introduction

Artificial Intelligence has influenced society. This is irrefutable and apparent in mental health science. Information Technology and Healthcare are adapting and innovating alongside this stay ahead of the curve. Super-recognizers, deepfakes, and mental wellness play pivotal roles for therapeutic intervention and diagnosis. This article summarizes where where these concepts create a nexus to potentially revolutionize treatment options. Disorders like autism, memory loss, social anxiety, Prosopagnosia, and dementia may have a new viable treatment option.

Cambridge Face Perception Test (CFPT) | https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3904192/

Who are Super-Recognizers

Super-recognizers are unique people with an innate ability to recognize and remember faces. They often notice minute changes in expression and features that most would overlook.

Deepfakes: Moving Past the Controversy

Deepfakes have been cast in a negative light for their ethical implications and potential for misuse. However, within the controlled healthcare environment, my hypothesis is for deepfakes to offer an opportunity for simulation, training, and even personalized therapy. Deepfake examples can be found on https://github.com/iperov. Consent should be acquired prior to any deepfake creation.

Potential Applications in Mental Health Disorders

Autism

Therapists could use deepfakes to simulate various social scenarios, aiding autistic individuals to understand social cues and expressions. Super-recognizers can play a role in calibrating these simulations for realism and effectiveness.

Memory Loss and Dementia

Personalized deepfake videos could serve as memory aids for individuals suffering from memory loss or dementia.

Prosopagnosia

Prosopagnosia affects about one in thirty-three people, which is about 10 million Americans. Deepfakes could simulate familiar faces to help patients with Prosopagnosia (face blindness) in cognitive training. Super-recognizers could assist…

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