Archive for category: Psychology

From the ‘iPhone effect’ to the ‘virtual hug’: Is technology restricting or increasing our empathy?

From the ‘iPhone effect’ to the ‘virtual hug’: Is technology restricting or increasing our empathy?

Faced with a vast array of choice when it comes to interacting with those around us, our favoured communication medium will often be the simplest, quickest and most immediately available. But as technology continually develops, the impact of modern communication tools on the quality and depth of interpersonal exchange is […]

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Mood-controlled Light

Seeing one's own mental state displayed in public is a quite intriguing feeling.

Mood Lights from Panos Mavros on Vimeo. So, we wondered, what would be the effects of controlling the ambient lighting of a room using our own – or others’– mood state? What if my friends, family or coworkers could “see” how I am feeling in real-time? What if we could […]

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Defining empathy

Clarifying the "empathy deficit"

Empathy is a complex psychological phenomenon; today there are as many researchers acknowledging discrepancies in the use of the term, as there are inconsistent definitions. Within both psychological science and lacklustre media articles, the word “empathy” has been generalised to allude to a whole host of related, but fundamentally separable, […]

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