Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience Martien Kas of the University of Groningen has recently started a research study on mental health and social behavior as part of the Lifelines biobank project. Kas is using the smartphone app Behapp to measure as accurately as possible the extent of social behavior that individuals display. With the study results, Kas and other researchers hope to be able to contribute to the treatment of psychological disorders such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease in the future.
To gather this knowledge, a large number of study participants is needed. The collaboration between the Lifelines biobank project and the Behapp app is therefore very valuable, as Lifelines comprises a large research institute involving participants from across the provinces of Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe.
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