Depression and Vision (07-21-21)

Recent research verifies that being depressed influences how people see the world, literally.   Salmela, Socada, Söderholm, Heikkilä, Lahti, Ekelund, and Isometsä “confirmed that the processing of visual information is altered in depressed people, a phenomenon most likely linked with the processing of information in the cerebral cortex. The study was published in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience.”  These findings indicate how important it is to test particular design options with user groups, particularly at counseling centers or other locations where more users than usual are likely to be depressed.

“Depression Affects Visual Perception.”  2021. Press release, University of Helsinki,