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New Vistas In Emotion and Technology

The Northeastern University Affective Science Institute presents New Vistas in Emotion and Technology on Friday, January 31 at 9 a.m.

This one-day summit will bring together leading researchers and engineers at the forefront of emotion science and mobile/social technology to discuss emerging, cross-cutting initiatives aimed at enhancing individual and societal wellbeing.

In addition to the speakers, which includes Arturo Bejar the engineering director at Facebook, the summit will feature top-notch moderators — Meghna Chakrabarti or WBUR’s Radio Boston, Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe, and Andrew Zolli of Pop Tech.

Together with the audience, panels will explore issues including:

  • how endowing technological entities (e.g., robots, virtual agents and avatars) with emotional expression alters interactions with humans,
  • how new advances in mobile technology can be used to assess emotional and physiological changes relevant to physical and mental health, and
  • how emotion science can be leveraged to enhance harmony and user satisfaction in online social networks.

Click here for speaker profiles and registration information. 

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May 10, 2012

7-9 pm
D’Arbeloff Suite, Museum of Science, Boston

Happinomics: The Science and Economics of Finding Happiness
A roundtable discussion with Robert Frank, Daniel Gilbert, and Michael Norton hosted by NPR’s Robin Young

As part of its educational outreach program, the Northeastern University Affective Science Institute sponsored an event open to the greater Boston community that explored the science of happiness. We brought together leading experts in psychology, economics, and business to take part in a roundtable discussion hosted by RobinYoung, the host of WBUR’s Here and Now. The discussion centered on questions of whether money can buy happiness, how and why the mind often mispredicts what will lead to happiness, how individuals can structure their lives to increase their sense of wellbeing, etc. The discussion was an opportunity to present and discuss cutting-edge social science research with leading scholars in the field.

The panelists were:

Robert Frank, NYT Economics Scene columnist, Professor of Economics at Cornell University, and author of The Darwin Economy

Daniel Gilbert, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and author of the bestseller Stumbling on Happiness

Michael Norton, Associate Professor of Marketing at Harvard Business School

Download the Happinomics_Flyer.

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Owren Bioacoustics Workshop

May 7-9, 2012, Northeastern University

The ASI sponsored a free three-day workshop on the analysis of voice with Michael Owren.

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David DeSteno

February 20, 2012: ASI affiliate Dr. David DeSteno introduced Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors, as part of the Coolidge Corner Theater’s Science on Screen program.

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