Talk this Friday (10/31): Mindful Games

Mindful Games – Wanda Gregory
Location: Curry Center 333
Time: 11:45 am to 1:25 pm

This presentation looks at the benefits of developing games to assist with the reduction of stress and anxiety through a more contemplative reflective form of game play. Games are already being used to help patients deal with the adverse effects of chemotherapy, traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, stress, and depression. It begs the question: What else could be done to expand the existing frameworks to create a truly meditative experience wherein the player is part of a transactional exchange with the technology through biofeedback? Many games already utilize play as a way to enhance cognitive functions and neuro-gaming design holds promise for future therapies. This presentation will both look at how games can be used to help encourage a more mindful meditative state as well as provide a platform for future dialog about how games, past and present, influence the future of ‘Mindful Games’.

Wanda Gregory is a full-time lecturer at the University of Washington Bothell campus with a focus on game design, emerging forms of narrative, avatar psychology, innovative digital interventions, interactive media and entrepreneurship. Prior to teaching at the UW, Wanda worked extensively in the interactive media industry for such companies as Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, and Xbox. Wanda has a B.A. in English Literature, a M.B.A. from the UW Foster School of Business and M.A. in Communications with a focus on digital media, virtual reality and games. Currently Wanda is finishing up her PhD that looks at the intersection of games, meditation and connected health at the University College of Dublin.

PHI Seminar 10/30: student talk

PHI Usability Evaluation Practicum

Description: The two presenters spent two weeks at Boston Medical Center to understand the experience of hospital patients, interact with doctors and nurses, and try to identify opportunities for technology-based improvements. They will present their observation findings, qualitative analyses, and design recommendations for future studies.

Time: Thursday, October 30th, 4:00-5:00pm.
Location: 105 BK (Behrakis)

Presenters: Shuo Zhou, Zhe Zhang

Three events today!

Today is a big day for PHI-related talks and events at NU. Here’s a summary:

12-1pm: Nicholas Carr, “Automation and Us” (240 Dockser Hall)
3-4pm: Charles Consel, “Verification of the Daily Activities of Older Adults” (336 West Village H)
4-6pm: Various speakers, “Aha! Making Sense from Big Data” (Snell Library Digital Media)