Exploring Mobile Technologies for the Purpose of Mental Health Research

Liam Hamill


Supervised by Yukun Lai; Moderated by Kirill Sidorov

Last year, a study was published providing validation for smartphones as a useful tool for data collection in cognitive science [1]. This year, Apple unveiled a set of technologies called ResearchKit that allow developers access to data from an iPhone???s health monitoring functions [2].

This project would involve implementing an application that takes health data from a smartphone and cross-references it with psychological metrics. A fairly straightforward example of this concept would be to take an existing metric tool e.g. ???Track Your Happiness??? [3], and re-creating it while also tracking physical activity to see if a link could be established.

I would have a preference for working with iOS development to take advantage of the new ResearchKit, but I would not rule out developing an Android application.

[1] Crowdsourcing for Cognitive Science - The Utility of Smartphones http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0100662 [2] Apple.com: ResearchKit https://www.apple.com/researchkit/ [3] Track your Happiness https://www.trackyourhappiness.org/

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