PERSONAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR AFFECTIVE HEALTH

 

Cutting-edge technology transforming our understanding of common mental health disorders

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AffecTech

An innovative research network advancing technology for affective health disorders.

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Profiles of key academics across the AffecTech Consortium, and other members of our team.

"Affective disorders, such as stress, depression and bipolar conditions, are estimated to be among the highest ranking causes of disease by 2020"

Professor Corina Sas, School of Computing & Communications, Lancaster University.

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Take part in a public survey of mobile mental health technologies By Dionne Bowie By now, you have hopefully heard a little about AffecTech. We are a multidisciplinary Innovative Training Network (ITN) made up of early stage researchers, practitioners, developers, and...

AffecTech featured in Horizon research and innovation magazine

AffecTech featured in Horizon research and innovation magazine

AffecTech has been featured in the EC online magazine Horizon, in an article exploring mobile apps and wearable tech for mental health: The mobile apps and wearable tech tapping into users' emotions to tackle depression and anxiety. Professor Corina Sas, of Lancaster...

The Best Wearable Device for Research on Emotion and Affect?

The Best Wearable Device for Research on Emotion and Affect?

Research into Emotion Regulation Within the AffecTech project, we aim to better understand and regulate emotions with the use of embodied sensors and personal technologies. As a team of researchers operating in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Digital...

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More than 33 million people in the developed world have been diagnosed with affective health conditions (depression, anxiety and bi-polar disorder) and the annual associated healthcare costs exceed 100 billion Euros.

Whilst current wearable technologies are being shown to help people take action to improve their mental health, there is huge potential to scale-up to more easily administered systems, providing not only longer-term benefits for patients, but delivering large-scale cost-savings for health services.

AffecTech is an international research network building on state-of-the-art developments in mobile, wearable and personalised health technologies, which aims to deliver an effective low cost technology platform to help sufferers.

It marks a significant shift from current wearable technologies capturing emotional responses that require interpreting by health professionals, towards a new self-help technology for visualising, exploring and regulating emotions in daily life.

The AffecTech network brings together eleven respected institutions from the UK, the Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Turkey and includes Philips Research, PLUX Wireless Biosignals and the UK’s NHS; as well as a range of prestigious associate partners including Stanford University, Carnegie Melon University, University of California at Santa Cruz, and University of New South Wales.

Pioneering research and development

AffecTech employs 15 Early Stage Researchers, who are involved in a unique doctoral training programme to become the future generation of European researchers who will revolutionise affective health care via innovative personalised technologies.

AffecTech goals:

  • Advancing self-understanding and successful adoption of adaptive emotion regulation strategies for depression, anxiety and bipolar conditions
  • Innovation into wearable systems for capturing emotions and their regulation in daily life
  • Applications for understanding emotions and their regulatory processes
  • Interactive tools for training adaptive emotion regulation strategies
  • Theoretical contributions to emotion regulation research in everyday life

AffecTech benefits from input from leading scientists, health professionals and technologists from around the world, operating in the fields of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), computer science, electrical engineering, neuroscience and clinical psychology.

AffecTech is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded by European Commission H2020