Reading Our Minds

Reading Our Minds
The Rise of Big Data Psychiatry

What is Psychiatry and How Can We Improve It?

In the last hundred years, most of the medical sciences have progressed in immense and unforeseeable ways—except for psychiatry, which has somehow remained immune to this progress. Daniel Barron, a psychiatrist who trained at the Yale School of Medicine, asks an important question: What’s holding psychiatry back?

Reading Our Minds takes us to a psychiatric hospital, where Barron evaluates a young woman with psychosis, and shows how his exam is limited by his own ability to ask questions and observe, and by his patient’s ability to sense, interpret, and report her experience. Barron shows why psychiatry must move beyond conversation—and how sensors, measurements, and algorithms might progress psychiatric practice. At once pioneering and engaging, Reading Our Minds introduces readers to the Big Data technologies that might revolutionize the way we evaluate, diagnose, and treat mental illness and bring psychiatry firmly into the fold of 21st-century medical science.


This book is published with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Reading Our Minds
  • ISBN: 978-1734420784
  • Price: $15.99
  • E-Book price: $15.99
  • E-book ISBN: 978-1734420791
  • On Sale: April 27, 2021
  • Pages: 175

About the author

Daniel Barron
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Daniel Barron completed his medical training and Psychiatry residency at Yale University, where he was the Chief Resident of both Yale's Neuroscience Research Training Program and of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit. He holds a PhD in Human Brain Imaging from the University of Texas and is a regular contributor at Scientific American. He is currently a fellow in Pain Medicine at the University of Washington and lives in Seattle's Capitol Hill with his wife and son. Reading Our Minds is his first book. Follow him at @daniel__barron.

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Columbia Alumni Association of Washington, DC presents
Reading our Minds: A Conversation with Daniel Barron

Columbia Alumni Association of Washington, DC presents <br />Reading our Minds: A Conversation with Daniel Barron

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
6:30pm — 8:00pm EST

Washington chapter of the Columbia Alumnae Association

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