The science behind Youper

The science of the human mind is the science of happiness. Throughout history, philosophers, psychologists, doctors, and neuroscientists have been looking for ways we can live happier lives(1). In recent years, technologies like the Internet, smartphones, and artificial intelligence (AI) have presented new ways to help us with the pursuit of happiness.

Youper is using artificial intelligence to unlock a new understanding of the human mind, support us with living happier lives and develop more personalized treatments for conditions like depression and anxiety.

Created by a team of experts led by psychiatrist Dr. Jose Hamilton, Youper utilizes AI to personalize various techniques to fit users’ individual needs. It incorporates techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Meditation.

What makes us happy?

With Youper, we have thousands of people improving themselves while contributing to our understanding of the human mind. Emotional Health Atlas YouperThe Emotional Health Atlas(2) is one of our research projects that is generating insights about the most common emotions in each state across the U.S. and about the factors influencing moods and behaviors.

Backed by science

In recent research, we analyzed data from 100,000 individuals and discovered that more than 80% of them improved their mood by talking to Youper.

People improving their mood using Youper

The average length of a conversation with Youper required to produce positive changes is 7 minutes. But, if having quick conversations with Youper can change your day, can it also help you overcome mental health symptoms?

To answer that question, Youper utilizes anonymous data from users to understand how they are evolving over time.

The collected data will be analyzed and the results will be available in a peer-reviewed scientific publication soon.


The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), a 9-item, self-report questionnaire, was used to assess the severity of depressive symptomatology(3). The PHQ-9 is one of the most reliable and validated measures of depressive symptoms.

The Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale (GAD-7), a 7-item, brief self-report tool, was used to assess the frequency and severity of anxious thoughts and behaviors(4).

The Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN), a 17-item, self-rating tool, was used to assess the severity of social anxiety symptomatology(5).

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Youper is looking for researchers interested in behavior-focused studies.

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