Leveraging technology to improve the wellbeing of the world
Presented by Associate Professor Acacia Parks
Ample research shows the benefits of happiness for personal wellbeing, as well as workplace wellbeing and physical health. Dr. Parks will provide an overview of some of these benefits, including the idea of happiness as “contagious”, then talk about cutting-edge work using technology to improve wellbeing at schools, in workplaces and in the general public.
She will also discuss the potential of wearable health-tracking technology to explore the intersection of psychological wellbeing with physical variables like sleep, heart rate variability, and physical exercise.
She will close by talking about implications of this research for preventing and treating mental disorders such as depression and schizophrenia, as well as health problems such as nicotine addiction and chronic pain.