Wristband is being developed along the same lines, potentially helping patients

Wristband; In this study high tech wristband is being developed along the same lines, potentially helping patients who struggle with mood disorders. The smart wristband would use a person’s skin to track their emotional intensity. During a mood swing, either high or low, the wristband would change color, heat up, squeeze or vibrate to inform the wearer he might be in the throes of depression or anxiety, the researchers said.

As the feedback is provide in real time, our devices encourage people; so to become more aware of their emotions, name them, potentially reflect on what causes them; also even learn how to control their emotional responses in order to change the visual or tactile feedback provide by the device, said researcher Corina Sas. She is a professor of human-computer interaction; also digital health at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.

Wristband effectively prompted

About 10% of U.S. adults struggle with a mood disorder, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or seasonal affective disorder; so according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. Part of the treatment for a mood disorder involves becoming more aware of emotions; also then learning to regulate emotional response; so the study authors said in background notes in their report.

The devices then communicate those emotional changes; so either through materials that change color, heat up, vibrate or squeeze the wrist, the researchers said. Sas said, Depression has a range of emotions; but if we talk about sadness, then as this is associate with low arousal or what we call emotional intensity the device will most likely reflect low arousal. On the other hand, anxiety tends to be associate with high-intensity arousal, so that device will most likely reflect this.”

However, Sas noted, the device does not differentiate between positive or negative emotions, but between high- and low-intensity ones. The researchers test six wrist-worn prototypes with 12 people who wore them over two days. Participants said the wristband effectively prompt them to evaluate their emotions. One participant told the researchers: “When I see the feedback, I feel present, I start to reflect what I was doing before and try to think how I am feeling at that moment.”

The emotional reactions

On the other hand, such a device is consistent with a long establish tradition of bio feedback, in which people use “physiological cues to help us actively try to regulate our minds and bodies,” Warner-Cohen said. The device could help people recognize specific habits or tics that occur when they have a mood swing, she added.

“Increasing awareness about emotional reactions and improving the way individuals can self-regulate their emotions can be very helpful and important for everyone, but particularly for individuals with a mood or anxiety disorder,” Fornari said. The technology is not yet patented, Sas said, and it is some ways off from being available to consumers.

“At that stage, we will look into running clinical trials to explore its value for people living with affective disorders, such as depression or anxiety.”The researchers were schedule to present their work Friday at the Designing Interactive Systems conference in San Diego, Calif. Research present at meetings is typically consider preliminary until publish in a peer-reviewed journal.