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Many young children have clinical levels of anger and aggression that lead to problems with their families, peers, and teachers. The treatments available have been psychotherapy and or psychopharmacological medications. These approaches can be effective, but have considerable limitations.
Drawing from recent findings in neuroscience and constructivist principles (that is,learners construct meaning from experience individually, and learning derives from being actively engaged in experience), it is possible to design new technology that can help emotionally dysregulated children develop their skills in emotional self-regulation.
We have been developing video games to help these children by using active biofeedback, which requires simultaneous attention and relaxation. In pilot studies in both outpatient and inpatient settings, we have found that using our video game leads to reduced symptoms of anger in children. We have started developing toys that use the principles derived from these findings.
Jason Kahn is a scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
He completed his PhD from Tufts University in Education in 2010 and before that completed an undergraduate degree from Tufts in Human Factors Engineering. He is interested in the intersection of developmental psychology, technology, learning, and patient care, and is working on new tools to engage with patients in developmentally appropriate and therapeutic ways. At BCH, this has taken the form of several projects ranging from online patient monitoring to developing toys to aid in the treatment of emotionally dysregulated children. Jason is interested in developing and researching tools that help children better understand themselves and the world around them.
- 6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
- 7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
- 8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking!
Vitamin T is our dessert sponsor this month!
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Social computing has come to refer to three things: the development of algorithms that use personal and social features, the mining of social data, and the building of systems that interact with networks of people. These three branches tend to have quite different technical challenges. I’ll discuss one problem from each area to highlight both the differences and the overlap between the three branches, and I’ll discuss the challenges that this new field poses to research in numerical linear algebra, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and programming languages.
Sep Kamvar is the LG Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT and Director of the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab.
Prior to MIT, Sep was the head of personalization at Google and a consulting professor of Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of Kaltix, a personalized search company that was acquired by Google in 2003.
Sep is the author of two books and over 40 technical publications in the fields of search and social computing. His artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Musem in London, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens.
Sep received his Ph.D. in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics from Stanford University and his A.B. in Chemistry from Princeton University.
Three exciting topics:
- Your design is only as good as your developer – thoughts on including development earlier in the design process
- Design Critique – improving the way we discuss design ideas and collaborate
- Strengthening Design Research Moderation Skills
Upcoming Local Events
- May 21, 2013
- Bytes and AtomsStarts: 6:00 pmLocation: Brightcove 290 Congress Street Third Floor Boston, MA
- May 22, 2013
- Mobile Health Design online course by Tufts University School of MedicineStarts: 12:00 amLocation: online via Tufts University School of Medicine; starts May 22 runs through June 26
- May 23, 2013
- Mobile Mastery at Fresh Tilled SoilStarts: 12:00 amLocation: Fresh Tilled Soil in Watertown
Thanks to our sponsors
- IBM Center for Social Business, Constant Contact, and Microsoft NERD provide us with monthly meeting space, logistical support, and sometimes snacks.
- Vitamin T for dessert sponsorship.
- Brightcove provides our video hosting.
- Dreamhost provides our web hosting.
- O'Reilly and Morgan Kaufmann offer our members free books and discounts on books, ebooks, and events.