After analyzing the results further, analysts discovered the brains of people with suicidal thoughts responded much differently to the words “death,” “cruelty,” “trouble,” “carefree,” “good,” and “praise,”compared to the controlled group.
“The study explicitly shows, in a small group of patients, that one can use the brain representations of specific thoughts to classify suicidal patients from healthy controls, and more specifically, suicide attempters from non-attempters,” the authors wrote.
Researchers said that if they can replicate their results, their method has “potential to become a major medical tool for diagnosis and/or evaluation of treatment efficacy of psychiatric disorders.”
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