Designing Systems for Cognitive Support

MIT Media Lab / Fluid Interfaces

FLUID INTERFACES

While today's pervasive digital devices put the world’s information at our fingertips, they do not help us with some of the cognitive skills that are arguably more important to leading a successful life, such as motivation,  attention, memory, creativity, communication, empathy and emotion regulation. Building upon  insights from Psychology and Neuroscience, the Fluid Interfaces group creates systems and experiences for cognitive enhancement . Our designs support cognitive skills by teaching users to exploit and develop the untapped powers of their mind or by seamlessly supplementing users' natural cognitive abilities.  The solutions we design are  compact and wearable to support  real-life studies and interventions. Our work is highly interdisciplinary and combines insights and methods from human computer interaction,  sensor technologies, machine learning, brain computer interfaces, design and HCI,  psychology, and neuroscience to create new opportunities for studying and intervening in human psychology in-the-wild. 

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FLUID INTERFACES

While today's pervasive digital devices put the world’s information at our fingertips, they do not help us with some of the cognitive skills that are arguably more important to leading a successful life, such as motivation,  attention, memory, creativity, communication, empathy and emotion regulation. Building upon  insights from Psychology and Neuroscience, the Fluid Interfaces group creates systems and experiences for cognitive enhancement . Our designs support cognitive skills by teaching users to exploit and develop the untapped powers of their mind or by seamlessly supplementing users' natural cognitive abilities.  The solutions we design are  compact and wearable to support  real-life studies and interventions. Our work is highly interdisciplinary and combines insights and methods from human computer interaction,  sensor technologies, machine learning, brain computer interfaces, design and HCI,  psychology, and neuroscience to create new opportunities for studying and intervening in human psychology in-the-wild. 

Below you will find the 7 themes that we work on. Enjoy your exploration into the weird, wild, and wonderful!