2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

You at 21: A Course in the Quantified Self
Priyanka Prabhu*, Melissa L. Stockwell, Danny L. Hearst, Emily E. Koenig, Taylor M. Moore, and Evan C. Bruce
Dr. Mark Hatala, Faculty Mentor

When people think of the Quantified Self movement, they usually think of wearable technology smartwatches, chest straps, and other appliances designed to monitor health and biometric data. You at 21 is a class designed for students to better know themselves and others through reminiscence, psychological testing, interviews, and journaling. Seventeen students have participated in two sections of the course. Reminiscence is recorded weekly, both to a specific prompt and to a meaningful picture from the students life. Psychological testing is done through the use of the self and observer measures of the Big 5, type testing with the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator, and color-coding with the Color Code. Student evaluations of this unique level of introspection and self-exploration have been universally positive. The opportunity to be open and honest about themselves and their thoughts, and to gain insight into how they were perceived by others, was seen as invaluable.

Keywords: Teaching Psychology, Psychology, Quantified Self, Reminiscence, Lifelogging


Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 10-7
Location: GEO-SUB
Time: 3:30

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