Esteem + love
families + friends
design + UCD
• Table 1. A framework for the research described in this article.
print listening and talking e-book
(ALLT), designed for people who
have experienced vision loss or
who are struggling with other
obstacles to reading, such as motor
challenges (Figure 3) [ 12]. A field
trial of the effectiveness of this
technology in supporting reading
by oneself and reading together
with family members is under way
with an individual who has multiple sclerosis and her family.
Finally, we have developed and
will soon release an open source
Web portal called Tangra, which
allows randomized controlled trials over the Internet of the effectiveness of new and sometimes
prematurely hyped brain-fitness
exercises and games [ 13].
memories of their lives help them
to maintain dignity and a sense
of self, despite memory loss or
dementia. Several TAGlab projects
have focused on enabling people to
use visual digital media to reminisce and reflect upon past and
recent experiences, which is key
to maintaining one’s identity and
therefore supports the goal of self-actualization.
For example, we developed
an effective method for creating
digital multimedia biographies of
individuals with AD and MCI, and
tested its impact on those individuals and their family members.
Viewing the media aided recall
and reminiscence, brought much
joy along with a few moments
of sadness, stimulated conversation and engagement with family, and was valued by family
and third-party caregivers [ 14].
Finally, we recently completed a
systematic study of two methods
of having AD- and MCI-afflicted
individuals use automatically cap-
tured images from the Microsoft
Research SenseCam “lifelogging”
camera worn on their chest to aid
their episodic memory of recent
experiences, as well as to yield
other psychosocial benefits [ 15].
Being able to draw upon your
experiences is critical to lifelong
learning, growth, the development of wisdom, and the pursuit
of a calling or cause. Tools to help
individuals regenerate and share
Our Work in Context
Some of these projects address
multiple themes. For example,
ALLT enables families to read
together, thereby strengthening a family’s shared purpose,
autonomy, and esteem.
All of these projects involve
innovative software and systems
design based on understanding
needs, deriving requirements, and
evaluating success through the
use of methods from the social
and behavioral sciences.
Technologies such as those
described here may have different
goals: diagnostic, assistive, rehabilitative, or health-preserving.
Diagnostic technologies warn
individuals, family members,
caregivers, and care staff about
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