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Project Title: Smartphone Psychology: Transforming methods, theory and practice. Key Words: Interdisciplinarity; biopsychosocial models; eco-technological methods; visual and multimodal methodologies; mental health.

Brief Description: Smartphones and smartphone-supported digital technologies are increasingly able to capture and monitor people’s mood, cognitions and behavior, as well as various indices of physiological arousal (including heart and respiratory rate) and environmental data (e.g. location, local weather conditions, and social context), in precise, unobtrusive and user-friendly ways. However, the potential of these new technologies for transforming psychological research, theory and practice is yet to be explored fully and evaluated.

The proposed programme of work aims to develop a multi-disciplinary and multi-method framework within which to investigate complex psychophysiological processes and mechanisms, and to explore its empirical, theoretical and clinical potential. This will involve exploiting recent advances in smartphone and digital technologies to gather psychological, behavioural and physiological data ‘in real time’, with both ‘normal’ and clinical population. We will also investigate whether, as well as providinguseful research instruments, smartphone apps and technology may offer possible intervention strategies, or adjuncts to more traditional intervention methods (e.g. by enabling mood (self)monitoring and bio-feedback mechanisms).

We are interdisciplinary team of academics, with expertise in applied psychology, interaction design and computing, currently developing wearable physical computing, supported by a smartphone app, for gathering of psychosocial, physiological and environmental data. We are especially interested in mental health and well-being, and in the potential of new technologies to influence behaviour and inform interventions.

The ideal candidate will have a background in psychology,  human-computer interaction or interaction design. A willingness to be involved in software development or the design of physical computing will be an advantage.

Deadline: 14th March 2014.

Further Details:
Contact Dr Lisa Marzano ([log in to unmask])
or see:  http://www.mdx.ac.uk/research/applications/fees/bursaries/index.aspx
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