[2018.02] Designing Toolkits for Self-Tracking and Self-Intervention t…

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Name 이광영 Date18-01-16 20:56 Hit646 Comment0


Self-tracking technologies have been developed to understand the self. Tracking one’s mental health state (e.g., anxiety, stress, depression) has become a critical part of our lives. However, current self-tracking tools do not adequately assist individuals in 1) tracking emotional state due to the implicit form of data and 2) creating concrete mental health-related goals and turning them into actionable plans. In this paper, we introduce two approaches for tracking emotional states and developing self-intervention strategies to improve mental health. First, we introduce MindTracker, an approach for tracking emotion through a tangible interaction with plasticine clay. We explored the benefits and challenges of MindTracker via a two-week data collection study with 16 college students. MindTracker is designed for uses to craft a form that represents emotion using clay and to describe the experience that evokes the emotion using a diary. We found that the tangible modality of MindTracker motivated the participants to express various aspects of emotions. In addition, MindTracker’s data collection and reflection process could have therapeutic properties. Second, we introduce MindNavigator, a workshop in which groups of college students were invited to generate behavioral change goals to manage daily life stress and practice personalized interventions for two weeks. We describe the manner in which participants identified both stressors and pleasures to create actionable, engaging, and open-ended behavioral plans that aided in stress relief. We conclude this paper by discussing the design features of emotion-tracking and mental health related goal-setting. We also provide opportunities to use of two approaches to promote mental health in a clinical setting.

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