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Artefact: Defining Needs

11 - 19 July 2016
As a framework for the Visual System, I defined the Needs as they exist from all target groups involved: Psychology Professionals, Patients, Field of Emotion Research, and Linguistics. I expect this list to change accordingly as my research and eventually user-testing progresses.

The Field of Emotion Research needs a system

Focusing on exposing/recording the felt qualities of:
- Tendency to act
- Emotion Expression
- Feeling of pleasure or displeasure in the body
- Feeling the response systems
- Unique signs of discrete emotions

Employing more than two dimensions (ie. Simply Arousal and Valence)
Allowing to more dimensions that help differentiate Emotions which are similar on one scale but very different on another.

Relying on standard Emotion labels in natural language.
Providing an experience that is accessible as possible, though not meaning that the system cannot introduce new vocabulary.

Functioning in a user-friendly, graphical form.
Allowing patients to rapidly understand and use the instrumental reliably.

Psychology Professionals need a system

Tracking events/stimuli as well as the Emotion label and it’s variables
Demonstrating the value in Emotion History and how it provides context to past, present and future Emotions and overt behaviors.

Representing Emotion as a process and Emotion labelling as only a part of the process
Allowing patients to differentiate between thoughts, feelings, and overt behaviors - all under the umbrella of the Emotion experience.

Containing a scale for Intensity.
Allowing patients who can name primary or common Emotions and then define them in a more nuanced sense using Intensity. ie. Anger to Irritation (less Intensity) or Sadness to Grief (more Intensity)

Relying not only on standard Emotion labels but provides supporting *known metaphors.
Allowing patients to imagine/relive more concrete experiences to provide context to the concept of their experienced Emotion.

Functioning as a repetitive process.
Allowing the patient to frame every use (entry) of the system with the same parameters and constraints. Optimizing for memorable and comparable data.

Might* not need to be widely common, but at least contain a common experience in which many patients will have experiences or to which many can inherently relate.

Patients need a system

Functioning in a user-friendly, self-explanatory form.
Not forcing the patient to undergo a steep learning curve to understand and use

Creating Emotion self-discovery.
Allowing the patient to identify each part of their Emotion feedback loop

Demonstrating and Regulating the existing Emotion lexicon.
Allowing the patient to learn the difference between Emotions in the same family.

Practicing what is learned in the therapeutic session.
Allowing the patient to reenforce and return repeatedly to what they take away from sessions.

Functioning as a valuable tool in the present moment and increasing its richness with continual use.
Encouraging the patient to consistently track and draw from the tracked data in both smaller and larger timeframes.

Linguistics needs a system

Addressing the non-linguistic or conscious levels of feelings in the Emotion experience.
Allowing the patient a space to express, or attempt to express even smaller or subjective variables in the experienced Emotion.

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Expert Interviews: Dr. Avie J. Rainwater and Dr. Frank Rodden

14 - 19 July 2016
In July, I conducted two more interviews with psychiatrist and psychologist Dr. Avie J. Rainwater and psychologist, physician and neurosurgeon Dr. Frank Rodden.