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Investigation into smart devices to combat perceived forgetfulness
Our research investigates if a smart device can be used to reduce the negative feelings that follow when forgetfulness occurs. The research is contextualized alongside related memory and ubiquitous technology to examine what current solutions there are, what isn’t working and what new methods could be introduced. The research is unique in that there are very few studies and investigations into both aims of reducing the stresses experienced, (as opposed to memory issues itself), as well as studies for healthy individuals.
“Forgetting led to failures in social interactions and influenced their proper performance of everyday tasks. As such they reported that forgetfulness changed their lives, producing worries and feelings of shame and embarrassment, and creating the need to establish new practices in everyday life. At the same time, forgetfulness decreased their ability to establish new practices.” Imhof et al (2006)
I’m trying to figure out what exactly are we carrying with us, what items are important to us, and how do we feel if we forget these items… also, is this unique to us as individuals or do we have more in common with others than we may realise?
Current work in the field of memory / forgetfulness shows lots of work on technology for memory which is divided into (a) information management and (b) aids for people affected by dementia, brain injury etc and are typically bulky items, PDAs, software solutions, such as To Dos and Reminders or small physical reminder systems that are in and around the home. My study will be among healthy adult individuals, with aims of removing the interface to have as little learning curve and disruption to their daily lives as possible. Continue reading Background; Memory / Forgetfulness