Author: The BMS lab
The use, difficulties and promises of communication technology in preventing loneliness among elderly
Researchers Elles de Witte, Christian Wrede and Marcia da Silva are taking part in the challenge against loneliness amongst the elderly. Under the supervision of Dr. Annemarie Braakman, Prof. Dr. Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen and Dr. Thomas van Rompay, they have written a research proposal to study the role of communications technology in tackling the experienced isolation of the elderly. This proposal has now been approved. In the future study, they intent to focus on existing communications technology and how it has and can aid in both providing care and relieving loneliness.
The worldwide outbreak of sars-cov-2 (the novel coronavirus) has changed the world. Not just through the direct impact on the health of people. Its impact on the social interactions of people is significant as well. A great search is underway to learn how to deal with the social implications. One of the pillars in this search is the ability to identify and warn potential virus carriers more quickly. An app that is being developed for the Dutch government could help with this. It uses apple’s and Google’s low power Bluetooth API for COVID-19 to anonymously gather contact data. It can then warn people that run an increased risk of infection. This occurs when they have interactions with infected individuals (Read a Dutch or English analysis). The BMS lab supported and participated in the research on the app’s usability. The lab provided the equipment, technical support and aided with the analysis.
Quick guide: Subscribing participants Mailing participants Participants page Subscribing participants Step 1. On the study home page you can find the preview url for the researcher to preview and test an intervention. You can also find the url for participation on the study home page. After the participants clicks on the link they are immediately taken to your intervention. The study details page shows when […]
Recent developments in the Dutch COVID-19 outbreak has led to a loosening of measures intended to combat the spread of the virus. At the University of Twente this too has had effect. The BMS lab, together with the Techmed Centre and faculties ET and ITC, have developed a method to again start conducting research with human participants. That is, under strict conditions.
Physiological measurements form an integral part of science and have a growing role in social research. These measurements provide an insight in some of the body’s and nervous system’s responses to stimuli, often in real-time. The developments in the field of physiological measurements and the myriad of devices that are capable of them follow each […]
Researchers at the University of Twente are ready to test whether new methods of learning can be applied to learning how to drive. The idea of time pressure affecting the learning ability in simulations stems from past research in the context of non-invasive surgery. Researchers have now moved on to apply these ideas to driving. Together with the BMS lab, they developed the BMS lab’s driving simulator further to allow for the kind of simulations and learning needed. The driving simulator is ready for use and awaits the participants that will help test these ideas.
Kars Otten, a PhD candidate at the University of Twente, and his colleagues have immersed themselves in the challenges of promoting social interaction amongst the elderly. Nature has been found to have a positive effect in this context. Together with Gerben Westerhof and Thomas van Rompay from the University of Twente, Debby Gerritsen from the […]