AgeLab researchers Chaiwoo Lee and Carley Ward presented papers on recent AgeLab research at the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dr. Lee presented findings from a project led by MIT graduate students Charles Lin and Dennis Lally, for which Dr. Lee assisted in the study design and analysis. Her work, “Impact of Virtual Reality (VR) Experience on Older Adults' Well-Being,” was presented in a session titled “Aging in a Digitized World.” The research examined the impact of virtual reality on social and emotional wellbeing in older adults who live in long term care communities. A two-week field study was conducted at four Benchmark communities in the New England area. Results showed that participants who were exposed to virtual reality reported improvements in perceived health, increases in positive emotions, and decreases in depression and social isolation. The conference paper can be found here.
Ms. Ward presented “Digital Breadcrumbs: A Lack of Data Privacy and What People Are Doing About It” at a session titled “Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy, and Trust.” Digital breadcrumbs refer to the personal information individuals leave behind in their online activities and interactions. As people use electronic devices for an increasing number of tasks, they leave behind a trail of information about where they go, whom they talk to, what they do, and what they believe, with incomplete knowledge of who or what entities have access to that information, or how it might be used. The study employed surveys and focus groups to identify the content and quantity of participants' digital breadcrumbs, their awareness of the trail of data they leave behind them, and what measures they take to guard their digital information from being collected or misused. The conference paper can be found here.