This is some of the work I was doing to work towards a goal of creating an artifact to help in some way people who are affected by forgetfulness.


Forgetfulness can be a cause for concern when it begins affecting our daily lives. Forgetfulness is a lived experience and is associated with feelings of embarrassment and shame [1] and yet there is little attention given to forgetfulness in a healthy population. Therefore we propose the “message bag” (MB), which poses new challenges in human-computer interaction. MB will be carried throughout regular daily activities, with an aim to alleviate the cognitive load, in an effort to eliminate forgetfulness and additionally improve quality of life. We describe a prototype for a device that will be tested in the wild.

Read the full pdf here: [symple_testimonial by=”Christine”]Apologies, the paper is currently in review so I am prohibited form publishing it on the blog at the moment.[/symple_testimonial] [symple_heading type=”h2″ title=”References from the Paper” margin_top=”20px;” margin_bottom=”20px” text_align=”left”]

[1]    Imhof, L., Wallhagen, M. I., Mahrer-Imhof, R., & Monsch, A. U. (2006). Becoming forgetful: how elderly people deal with forgetfulness in everyday life. American journal of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, 21(5), 347–53. doi:10.1177/1533317506292499

[2]    Assistive Technology items,14033

[3]    Horowitz, H., (2010). Electronic Pill Bottle Cap Increases Medication Use, Study Says.

[4]    Mol, M.E.M., de Groot, R.H.M., Willems, D., & Jolles, J. (2006a). Public education about memory and ageing; Objective findings and subjective insights. Educational Gerontology, 32, 843–858.

[5]    Ehn, P. (1989) Word-Oriented Design of Computer Artifacts (2nd edn). Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, Hillsdale, NJ.

[6]    Hutchins, E. & Norman, D. A. (1988). Distributed cognition in aviation: a concept paper for NASA (Contract No. NCC 2-591).Department of Cognitive Science. University of California, San Diego