Tag Archives: mental health 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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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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Chocolate, broccoli, and a test of strength: where do games and therapy interact?

As someone whose cultural diet exists primarily of questionable television shows, comics and computer games, I’m inevitably a fan of Steven Johnson ‘s concept of the Sleeper Curve. In his book, Everything Bad Is Good For You, he argues that … Continue reading

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Go Your Own Way: Desire Paths, Design and eHealth research

I love desire paths. I love the name. I love the idea that urban planners took the fact that people are basically a bit of a pain and don’t do what they’re told and instead of getting upset they actually … Continue reading

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Express, Test and Cycle – Innovation as the Bench Work for RCTs

Yesterday I was at MindTech launch conference in London. I was wearing two different shoes, but despite that had a lovely day. One issue close to my heart came up at the conference a lot, and that was whether traditional … Continue reading

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