The role of technology in delivering healthcare and improving health behaviours is growing rapidly. Technology offers enormous potential to impact hard-to-reach populations and supplement less frequent in-person care. In particular, we’re interested in the potential of artiﬁcial intelligence and conversational interfaces to supplement coaching programs, increase disclosure of information about sensitive health behaviours, and create feelings of accountability through more overt monitoring. We design mobile technologies to deliver interventions and conduct research to understand the characteristics of human-computer interaction that result in the greatest degree of positive behaviour change.
BIG PSYCHOLOGICAL QUESTIONS
How do beliefs and pain impact behaviours like exercise and medication adherence? What is the role of disgust in choices for surgery, vaccination, and diet adherence?
What are the “naive models” that individuals create to explain causal relationships between their behaviour and their bodies, especially during a time in which individuals have access to an unprecedented amount of information about themselves?