I will be giving a seminar at the MoCSSy (Modelling of Complex Social Systems) graduate seminar series on March 2.
Here’s the abstract of my talk, Transforming Pain Through Technology: The Measurement Problem
Mindful meditation has proven effectiveness in alleviating chronic pain. However, traditional meditation techniques are not easily accessible to non-meditators and require weeks of training to be effective. The Transforming Pain Research Group at Simon Fraser University is researching ways to make mindfulness more accessible to chronic pain sufferers through virtual reality and other technologies. In order to determine the effectiveness of these alternative techniques, we need to both define and measure mindfulness, which can be problematic, given the difficulty of quantifying mental phenomena. Potential solutions are discussed.