Emotion Sense

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    Published: 2013-11-21, by Janel.

    Quantify and track many aspects of your emotions using data from your device

    • Tracks your mood as it may correlate to data from your device
    • Very professional design from University of Cambridge
    • Take part in in-depth emotional research
    • Can't access all tracking features immediately

    "Emotions made quantifiable"

    Researchers at the University of Cambridge developed the Emotion Sense app to help people explore how shifts in their mood might relate to data that their device already automatically captures throughout the day. Cool!

    Report your mood on a grid that measures the variables of Positive/Negative and Alert/Unalert - you're able to tap whatever spot you think is most relevant to your current experience, making it easy to quantify something as intangible as emotion. Choose to report whenever you like - or, wait for the app to send you a randomized push notification asking you to check in. Answer some questions regarding your current location, satisfaction with your life thus far, and other data points. Over time, the data collected will be displayed on a staggering array of graphs, where you can sink into the delectable minutiae of how you feel.

    Since your device tracks things like number of phone calls and texts, it's easy to see if there's any correlation between when you are more socially active and your daily mood shifts. Likewise, your accelerometer can help measure how active you've been, and the app contrasts that with what you report emotionally.

    The University of Cambridge does collect the data for research use - but it will never be published alone, only as part of aggregated statistics. Personally, I think it's totally sweet to take part in such an in-depth emotional study (but I'm a statistics nerd, so).

    I wish you could "unlock" all of the tracking features at once - the app makes you wait and do them one by one over time, even though they're free. However, I have to admit that it's a pretty good way to keep you using the app, if only out of sheer curiosity.

    Emotion Sense is a fantastic tool if you're intrigued by your own mood patterns and want to take a much closer look.

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    by Janel , Appszoom

    Nov 21, 2013


    Emotion Sense is an Android application (for smartphones, not tablets!) developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge that lets you explore how your mood relates to the data that your smartphone can invisibly capture as you carry it throughout the day.

    The research project using this app has now finished.

    Why does this app need so many permissions?
    This app gives you feedback about your mood, as you report it, compared to the data that is captured from your phone (which is why we need those permissions). So, for example, you can see how you report feeling when you are more socially active, measured by number of phone calls and text messages, or when you have been physically active, measured by your accelerometer.

    The app does not save/read your text messages or send us any audio recordings. Instead, it is just counting when you send a text, and (just before sending you a notification) it measures the volume of where you are: all we would receive is that you sent a message (we don't save any identifiable data) and that you were in a place with a particular volume. Unfortunately, on Android, it's an "all or nothing" scenario, where we cannot ask you to approve one permission at a time (or only those you want).

    What about my privacy?
    The data that this app collects about your mood and from your sensors is stored securely on a server at the University of Cambridge. It is only accessible to members of the research team, and only for the purposes of conducting research about how mood relates to your phone's sensor data. We will never publish your data; any scientific publications we submit will only contain aggregated statistics. If you have any concerns, please contact us.

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