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The Primacy of Presence: supporting psychological wellbeing with interactive technology
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. (Q-life)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9419-0682
2019 (English)In: Proceedings of DTGS 2019, St Petersburg: Digital Transformation & Global Society (DTGS) , 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Several age-typical mental health problems can be related to maladaptive cognitive strategies for engaging with and processing the external environment in relation to self-perception and ego identity. These are essentially attentional balance problems, reflected in the subjective sense of presence, of being physically in an external world surrounding the body. In this talk I will present a theoretical rationale for wellbeing technology design that takes account of developmental changes, including cognitive ageing, sleep patterns and the sense of presence. For example, some young children suffer from attentional problems, where events in the immediate environment are overly distracting. This can be seen as an over-active presence mechanism, or hyperpresence. At the other end of the lifespan, as people become old, more and more of their waking time tends to be spent in reminiscence and daydreaming. Eventually, the ability to give timely attention to the environment as needed to carry out intentions may become lost in hyperabsence. I will suggest several practical strategies for designing interactive technologies to help alleviate related cognitive and behavioral problems, by seeking to restore a more balanced relation between individual and environment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
St Petersburg: Digital Transformation & Global Society (DTGS) , 2019.
Keywords [en]
mediated presence, mental health, virtual reality, wellbeing, development, ageing
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Human Computer Interaction
Research subject
human-computer interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-161200OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-161200DiVA, id: diva2:1332681
Conference
4th International Conference, Digital Transformation & Global Society, DTGS-2019, June 13-21, 2019, St. Petersburg, Russia
Available from: 2019-06-28 Created: 2019-06-28 Last updated: 2019-07-03Bibliographically approved

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