søndag den 6. maj 2012

Ecological Momentary Assessments - an initial explanation

For some reason  the term Ecological Momentary Assessments(EMA)  has not been explained in wiki yet. 
This post is an attempt to compensate on that. 

Since 1990 there has been a growing research interest in the oppurtunity to do assessments - most cases introsubjective, but also as a professional inspection of a situation or state of a person. And the invention of smartphones has made the interest grow more. 

Formally speaking a Ecological Momentary Assesment is a micro assessment of the current state(mood, wellbeing, physical state(sleeping quality) a more. It is captured in an context that can be time, place,physical properties of the situation(sounds  or visual properties)  or social situations properties. An finally e-behavior, And all 5 combined. 

The assessment is most often done in quantative data but with the invent of smartphones qualitative data can easily be captured to: videorecording or audiorecordings. 

Mood map - Margaret Morris - Mobile Heart Health
2-dimensionel visual assessment of mood.
Context is unknown
The EMA can be textual, visual audial or all combined. 

EMA is attractive for a number of reasons. 

  1. First of all because cognition and behaviour is context bound and therefore difficult reestablish in a post festum interview.
  2. Second because the observational bias can be designed either as weak or strong. Weak by minimising or eliminating the surveillance factor. Strong by maximaxing the surveillance factor. 
  3. Third the EMAs can function as initial radar for interesting cases to be studies in qualitative manners. 
  4. Fourth the EMA do have strong persuasive properties that clients, children an more and benefit from. 
  5. Fifth - they are cheap and are getting cheaper to develop. 

The drawback of EMAs is that they are Micro assessment without an  humans empatical ability to retrieve more substantial explanations. 

Psychologist Jonathan Led Larsen from Region Nord and I are writting an Review article on EMAs. 

See his posting "Can Ecological Momentary Assessments also deliver therapeutic interventions?" on the topic.



tirsdag den 1. maj 2012

Guestlecture at Institute of Communication & Psychology/AAU - May 10, 10 am: Rob Kranenburg

Rob Kranenburg, visionary, author and founder of the think tank "The Internet of Things" is comming to Institute of Communication and Psychology/AAU 10 of May and will be giving a lecture

Articles of Rob can be found at the bottom of this post.

Researchers within social medias, humansensing, psychology, INDIMEDIA, MAERKK and researchers working with ethical issues.
Students interested in working with contemporary and future challenges.

Rob has as educated in litteraturestudies and are having "helicopter view" on technology trends and are very much aware of the significant potentials and pittfals of the current development within IOT.

The internet of things, body area networks and Natural Born Cyborgs – treats and opportunities

Rob Kranenburg, director of IOT  - the Internet of Things
Time: May 10th, 10-12 am, Nyhavnsgade 14, room 1.09
A new technological wave is rolling – IOT. The fact that more and more things or devices are connected to the internet and are interactive. One of these things are jewelries, exercise gadgets or preventive ICT health equipment or technically speaking our body area network(ban) that gives rise to new opportunities for persuasive cognitive support systems that will give ease development of competence and ease handling difficult challenges. On one hand. On the other hand the potential is that the devices will eliminate vital cognitive competences. Private logdata will be the new source of wealth for the individual and for the big corporation.
Being a natural born cyborg is not 5 years away rather 5 month.
Rob Kranenburg will present IOT, ban and discuss the new techno-political agenda. 


mandag den 5. marts 2012

Reading facial expressions?

Hi everybody,
The for humansensing/affective computing market is really rolling.

Try this out:

Press - "Try demo Now".

If have tried it myselv:
Morten tries facial expression reader from Affectiva when seeing a SuperBowl commercial

(It gives the same results as the human sensing seminar did:
I am quite lively!)

Please notice the very informative descriptive statistics. I find such very valuable.

Obviously is there no export facility of the data in the demo.



tirsdag den 14. februar 2012

The dreams of the Musictherapist (might) come true

Dear everybody!
A wealth of new mobile sensors are announced and presented at various conferences.
A good place to start is
Wired or http://mobihealthnews.com/

A Sensor Patch from BodyMedia

With an page title Saying "Your Body Is an API: 9 Gadgets for Tracking Health and Fitness" Wired announces a wealth of mobile sensors including the plaster above.