Category : Psychology

Three apps for keeping your 2012 health resolutions
5 years, 3 months ago 0

Let’s face it. In our heads, we know we need to change our behavior in order to see positive results in our metrics. But changing our habits and creating new ones is just plain hard. There comes a point when you’ve gathered all the data, you’ve internalized it and truly understand the meaning of your metrics, [...]

Does gameplay have the power to heal?
5 years, 7 months ago 0

After studying Personal Metrics for a while, I’ve realized that creating products or services that are rooted in Personal Metrics is very similar to designing games. I should note that I am not a game designer, however, I am fascinated with the psychology and neuropsychology of how game mechanics affect us as emotionally responsive beings. [...]

Jawbone UP - A wristband to deliver personal metrics on your health
5 years, 9 months ago 0

If you’ve been following this discovery of Personal Metrics, you know that I’m fascinated with the power of data to change our behavior. Understanding the impact of our actions is critical to behavior modification. Today at TED Global, the team at Jawbone a new hardware and software system that I am very excited about. We [...]

Measuring stress to improve our lives
6 years ago 1

We all know that stress is a contributor to many health problems we have. But, managing the stress in our lives is a lot more difficult than we’d like to admit. What if there was a device you could wear that measures stress and alerts you to when you need to chill out? Meet the [...]

6 years, 9 months ago 1

I remember how fascinated I was the first time I read Lance Armstrong’s It’s Not About The Bike. I was amazed to learn how much of a team effort the sport of professional cycling really is. I had no idea of the elaborate group effort that is required for one to win the Tour de [...]

6 years, 11 months ago 2
Posted in: Education, Psychology

A generation exists that has never experienced life without the Internet. They are always connected, always communicating, and most important, always creating. Participation is a thing of the past. This generation is not passive. They are active creators who demand custom and personal experiences from the products and services they invite into their lives. The [...]

6 years, 11 months ago 0

At some point in our lives, we’ve all had errors in judgment.  We make decisions and act without truly identifying the problem, weighting the alternatives, and understanding the consequences. As a result, our lives are shaped by decisions made with only partial information and what feels right. This disadvantaged decision making is most prevalent in [...]

6 years, 11 months ago 1

At the heart of Personal Metrics is the need for persuasion, whether aligning a new idea, adopting a new attitude, or modifying their behavior. BJ Fogg coined the idea of Captology, which is the study of computers and their use as persuasive technologies. As Founder & Director of the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, Fogg helps [...]