Lectures

Form, Content, Data, Bodies: Jonathan Zong and Beth Semel on Biometric Sans

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The dominant discourse surrounding digital psy technologies such as MindStrong, a teletherapy app designed to detect mental health changes by monitoring changes in typing speed “down to the millisecond”, is that they uncover interior states by gathering psychologically rich data that was always there. But as the Tracking Digital Psy series editors outline in their call for contributors

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The Third Choice: Suicide Hotlines, Psychiatry, and the Police

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With Covid-19 showing no sign of abating, mental health care (from ongoing therapy to helplines) continues to be an important site of treatment for many Americans. While traditional therapy has continued to be prohibitively expensive for most, teletherapy has been covered by most major health insurance companies since the early days of the pandemic and is currently free for …

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The subjects of digital psychiatry

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Giorgia Lupi/Stefanie Posavec (2014), MOMA
“Dear Data, Week 8, A Week of Phone Addiction”

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Imagine a room full of research assistants at a North American university listening to the audio recorded speech of human research subjects diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Though they will never meet or interact with these individuals, the research assistants …

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The Body Audible: From Vocal Biomarkers to a Phrenology of the Throat

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How do mental illnesses sound? What are the stakes of using machines to render the signs of psychiatric suffering audible? These questions drive the teams of psychiatric and engineering professionals I study. They also animate my own ethnographic inquiries into listening as a gendered, racialized form of labor and care, and the politics of framing mental health care in the …

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Tracking Digital Psy: Mental Health and Technology in an Age of Disruption

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Laurie Frick, “Mood + Quantify” (2011-13), Lasercut paper, wood, blocks, laminate.

Covid-19 and the associated social distancing orders have normalized and accelerated the use of digital technologies in psychiatry and mental health care. With the face-to-face therapeutic encounter newly fraught with infectious risks, digital interfaces have emerged as a connective tissue in a time of radical rupture and …

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Confronting constructs with cataclysms in neuroepigenetics

I went to a Science and Technology Studies (STS) conference in Melbourne recently and listened to a panel of social scientists share their work about psychological disorders. There was no doubt I had stakes in being there; I study embodiment and trauma and so I knew what I was hoping to hear. I sat, in anticipation, waiting to hear about …