Category Archives: Technology

Eliza Vs R2-D2 – who’s the better robot therapist?

The tale of Eliza is a bit of a standard one in cognitive psychology lectures. Eliza is a text based programme that you can ‘talk’ to, and one which is modelled as a kind of therapist. An early example of … Continue reading

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Is therapy by Skype such a bad idea?

This story caught my eye over the weekend – some proposals by an NHS trust to outsource mental health therapy to workers abroad who would communicate with service users via Skype. The BBC report says the idea – which was … Continue reading

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Marvellous Capability: Mental health and ‘people dependent technology’.

This is a lovely page, from a book called ‘The Internet and Everyone’ by John Chris Jones, which I came across on the Brain Pickings site a few years ago. It rang true to me then, and even moreso now, … Continue reading

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Attack of the Mind Reading Robots?! Not quite yet…

Polygraph machines are perhaps the most well-known technology that have labelled themselves as ‘lie detectors’, able to read whether people are hiding the truth. They’re terribly popular, at least among people who don’t concern themselves too much with whether they … Continue reading

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Twitter and The Samaritans Radar: Thoughts from an e-health perspective.

I spend a lot of time on twitter. I’m sure I have colleagues who think I spend altogether too much time on twitter. I don’t feel guilty about it though, because I learn a lot, from both following developments and … Continue reading

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Post-It Power: Low-tech approaches to user co-design (and why they’re more advanced than the ones we tend to use!)

When I first dabbled in “user led design”, working with experts in the fields of Human Computer Interaction and Design Science, one of the most striking things at first was how low-tech it all is. They used exciting words like … Continue reading

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Going For Gold? Twitter and Impact Factors

I saw a great analogy on twitter the other day, about how asking how to get ‘the most’ out of twitter was like asking ‘How you do get a gold medal at the Olympics?’ The answer: It depends entirely on … Continue reading

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