Cornell Researchers Create Mental Health Personal Aid


Article Excerpt: A Cornell research team has developed a watch-like device meant to help students calm down during stressful scenarios. Jean Costa grad created EmotionCheck, which was recently featured on the Daily Planet, a Discovery Channel program, alongside a team of researchers at the People-Aware Computing Lab.Users experience gentle vibrations on their wrist when their heart rate increases. This tapping, which is slightly slower than the user’s heart-rate, is shown to help the user regulate their emotions and calm down, according to Costa. “When you feel the vibrations and you’re not really thinking about it, you have the impression that you’re actually feeling your own pulse,” Costa said. Costa wanted to help people overcome their anxiety without feeling distracted by technological intervention.

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Article Source: The Cornell Daily Sun