Stressing Out Loud
Steven Jonas discovered through an EEG assessment that he had a strong “freeze” response to stressful situations. This inspired him to use his emWave to monitor his stress levels, hack it to alert him whenever he got too stressed, and change his patterns at work. Steven shares his experience and learnings in this insightful project.
Reverse Mood Tracking
A fascinating way of using mood tracking in a clinical setting has been pioneered by Dr. Alan Greene. His experiment with Reverse Mood Tracking came from pausing briefly before walking into an exam room to note his current mood. Then, after walking through the door, he would pause and note whether his mood had changed. His hypothesis was that the new mood would reflect, at least in part, with what was going on in the room. To check his hypothesis he would make a probing statement or question to see if his perception was indeed accurate.
My Health Scars
Ellis Bartholemeus is a big fan of quantifying and at QS17 she discusses her "quantified body" as she tracked her physical scars. She also shares the data on her scars which includes the date of the injury, size of the scar, impact of the scar, and healing time. In this talk, Ellis exposes the intimate and deep learning that come from simply slowing down to examine a part of one's life--in this instance, her scars.
Putting My Blood Metrics in Context
Gil Blander discusses InsideTracker's Innerage score and the effect nutrition and exercise have on physiomarkers, biomarkers, and performance. He shares the tracking of his weight, activity, heart rate variability, blood tests, and genetic data during the last year.
How I Zapped My Brain With A 9v Battery To Overcome Analysis Paralysis
JD Leadam presents his personal story of self-tracking that had transformative effects on his life by ultimately rewiring his brain. He shares his self-tracking obsession from analysis paralysis to eventual discovery of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)--an unprecedented tool which provided him with the ability to rewire his brain to lead a less-stressed life.
My Life In 40 Variables
Justin Timmer has been tracking about 40 variables using apps and wearables since 2013. In this talk, he shares his findings from his data; how tracking himself raises his awareness of things, confronts him with facts and makes him investigate deeper. He also shares what learned about happiness, stress, his phone use, sleep, and many other life-lessons.
My Spreadsheet from Hell
Katie McCurdy is a patient and user experience designer and also lives with myasthenia gravis & Sjögren's syndrome. These autoimmune conditions cause involuntarily muscle-weakness to her face, dry eyes, and stomach and joint problems. Because of her conditions, many different things impact how she feels from stress to caffeine, to lack of sleep or whether she has been drinking. In this talk, she discusses the massive spreadsheet she created and also shares what she learned from 18 months of tracking various aspects of her health.