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Ryan H.


La Jolla, CA

Member since:

September 23, 2012

Are you collecting any personal data?

I am currently collecting my own smartphone data and completing daily mood assessments using the app described in the summary of my current research project (below)

Doing any experiments or investigations?

For the past year and a half I have been planning my doctoral project which will explore the possibility of assessing/tracking mood in patterns of smartphone data. The project uses the app ( a recent patient monitoring company launched by MIT grads working under Alex Pentland) to collect passive data regarding communication and mobility, as well as active data using a brief daily mood assessment. The study will run for three months, beginning in late November. The goal is to build upon previous research demonstrating the possibility of using this method to identify instances of anxiety and depression, as well as to explore the possibility of using it to identify other affective states. Participation requirements are limited to being 18+ and owning an android smartphone. Privacy is the highest priority and great lengths have been taken to protect data. If you might be interested in participating or for more info, please email me at [masked].

Anything in particular you'd like to hear or learn about at meetups?

In the interest of full disclosure, I am partially motivated by a desire to connect with individuals who may be interested in participating in my smartphone data study, but I am also interested in learning about other's experiences and involvement in this area and meeting people who are as passionate about the the possibilities of this kind of data collection as I am.


Hello, I am a 4th year doctoral student at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and I am conducting a research project exploring the possibility of assessing mood through the analysis of smartphone data (see below).

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