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Mike Brown: Learning from Experimentation

December 15, 2014

A few years ago Mike Brown was searching for inspiration while working at his first post-collegiate job. He decided to start a personal blog to document a series of monthly projects that would challenge his current way of living and help him learn about himself. In this talk, presented at the Boston QS meetup group,…

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Siva Raj: Normalizing Blood Pressure by Improving Fitness

November 4, 2014

Siva Raj was interested in lowering his blood pressure. With a family history of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks he was worried about slightly elevated blood pressure (pre-hypertension). As someone engaged with understanding and building fitness applications he thought he would be able to lower his blood pressure by staying on track with a regular…

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Natty Hoffman: The Enlightened Consumer

August 4, 2014

Natty Hoffman was interested in learning more about how she spent her money. Not satisfied with just categorizing expenses, she dove deeper into two years of transaction data to understand where here money was going and how well her spending habits reflected her ideals. In this talk, presented at the Boston QS Meetup group, Natty…

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Kay Stoner on Tracking Headaches on Paper

June 11, 2014

Kay Stoner has a long history of battling chronic health issues, but what bothers her the most is her experience with frequent headaches. Kay has been tracking her headaches since 2007 after she had a hard time communicating with her healthcare providers. What followed were years of attempting different types of methods of tracking, including…

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QSXX Boston Meetup Recap

March 17, 2014

This post comes to us from Maggie Delano, an organizer for QSXX Boston- the Boston Women’s QS Meetup group.  The QSXX Boston Chapter held our fifth meetup on March 3rd, 2014. We had a guest Amy Merrill from The Hormone Project talk about the direction of this new project. As a group, we discussed how something…

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Jared Chung on Tracking Time

May 30, 2013

How do we spend our time? Jared Chung was curious about how he was spending his days after he transitioned from his role as a consultant into his new startup venture. Inspired by pervious Quantified Self talks he decided to start tracking his time and his daily activities (work, exercise, sleep, etc.) using Google Calendar….

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Awais Hussain on Keeping Track of Time

March 25, 2013

Awais Hussain is a student at Harvard, and he found himself asking the age-old question, “Where does my time go?” Using his online calendar Awais started tracking his daily activities. This tracking has given him some interesting insights into how he really works and accomplishes tasks. Watch this great talk to hear more about what…

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Gary Wolf: Meditation Q&A

November 28, 2012

At a recent QS meetup in Boston, Gary shares a few quick insights on the challenges of restarting a tracking practice once you’ve stopped, gamification vs. motivation, and his experience of meditation. Check out the video below, as well as a more detailed discussion about his meditation practice. Gary Wolf – Boston QS Q&A –…

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Ryan Hagen on Tracking Mental Health with a Smartphone

November 27, 2012

Ryan Hagen is a doctoral student in clinical psychology who’s terrified of people getting therapy through Siri. That said, for his PhD project he was inspired to extend the work of Sandy Pentland and ginger.io correlating people’s passive smartphone behavior data with anxiety and depression. In the video below, Ryan explains his current three-month study, which you can…

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Carl Valle on Three Key Metrics for Immortality

November 19, 2012

Carl Valle, track and field coach to elite athletes, believes that the three categories of things to measure for optimal health are activity, biochemistry, and cardiology. In the video below, he walks through his favorite tips for each of these. (Filmed by the Boston QS Show&Tell meetup group.) Carl Valle – Immortality: 3 Key Metrics from James…

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Catherine Kerr on Cortical Measures in Mindfulness Meditation

November 13, 2012

Catherine Kerr does brain science related to mindfulness at Brown University Medical School. She points out that mindfulness traditions ask practitioners to simply focus closely on body sensations in order to bring attention to the present moment. Why does this help with depression? In the video below, Catherine explains some of her magnetoencephalopathy (MEG) research to…

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Alan Bachers on Optimal Neurology

January 31, 2012

Alan Bachers is an expert in neurofeedback training, which he comfortingly describes as helping the brain learn how to calibrate itself. He suggests that this training accelerates the process of getting into meditative or other desirable mental states, and can possibly help a medicated brain learn to function without medication. In the video below, he…

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Douglas Mason on Musical Informatics

December 18, 2011

Douglas Mason didn’t know who the Beatles were until he went to grad school. As a classically trained musician, he was blown away when he saw their unique chord choices. He started to investigate why the Beatles’ music sounded so good. Douglas created a shorthand musical notation to represent songs as strings and analyze things…

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Panel Discussion on Health Incentives

November 7, 2011

Boston QS organizer Michael Nagle gathers a panel of people in the social health space, and asks them: if not all behaviors can be incentivized, who are the users that succeed with your platform, and who are the users that fail? Dr. Joseph Kvedar of the Center for Connected Health, Rick Lee of Healthrageous, Jackie Thong…

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Quantified Self Boston Meetup #5, The Science of Sleep: Recap

April 1, 2011

QS Boston Meetup #5 was held on Wednesday on the topic “The Science of Sleep,” a subject that comes up here regularly. The event was major success and, to my mind, demonstrated powerfully the potential of the self-experimentation movement and the exceptional people making it happen. Here is a brief recap of the evening, with…

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Ian Ayres on Carrots and Sticks

January 19, 2011

From the Boston QS Show&Tell meetup group: Ian Ayres, founder of Stickk.com, talks about his book, Carrots and Sticks, and how to “unlock the power of incentives to get things done.” His video is in three parts below, with over an hour of behavior change insights and goal-sticking goodness. Enjoy! (and big thanks to PK…

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Trapper Markelz on MeYouHealth

December 13, 2010

First video ever from the Boston QS Show&Tell group: Trapper Markelz of MeYouHealth is introduced by QS organizer Michael Nagle. MeYouHealth is trying to solve the behavior change problem and especially influence women, who tend to make health decisions for their families. Watch the video below to hear Trapper’s tips on how to bring quantifying…

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Upcoming QS Show&Tell Meetups Near You

July 27, 2010

Don’t be shy – come to a QS Show&Tell meetup!  Say you’ve been reading this blog for a while. You’ve watched some self-tracking Show&Tell videos, read about some of the experiments people are doing, and now you’re thinking of coming out to a physical meetup. Great, this post is for you!  Here is a schedule…