Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Seamless-sensory Interventions

Based on my previous work on haptics for psychotherapy, I am now designing Seamless Sensory Interventions for the treatment of mental and neurological disorders.

My current research proposes haptics as the key to bringing treatment into the social sphere through devices, and providing new ways to mediate between the patient and the therapist both in and outside of therapy. Self-mutilation is a perfect test-case, because of the definitive “physicality” of the symptoms. However, the broader solutions that I am proposing have implications for diseases as diverse as autism, depression, and schizophrenia.

1 comment:

james burke said...

Hey Cati,
really curious to see how haptics would be integrated into therapies. Designing the new interfaces, processes for the therapy itself should be fascinating work and certainly would need some brave professionals to go ahead with that. I'm up for it! Here in the Netherlands, therapy has moved online and is showing promise in the treatment of depression. ( I don't think i would want a hug from a therapist though. Perhaps from a friend, which of course opens up who does the hugging. The big discovery of online delivered therapies is that they are often more succusful in treating patients primarily because the patient gets the feeling that they did the work, the healing. Sometimes having a therapist "up close and personal" can be a disavantage. I hear though that online therapies are only for more able and automonous depression patients unlikely to suicide, therefore not severe cases. You at least got me thinking to go read up about current therapies for autism and schizophrenia. It is so refreshing to integrate haptics into the mix if you have only been thinking along the spoken/written approaches with some massage delivered within a hospital or practise.