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Visualizing health : imagery as data for changing personal practice

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dc.contributor.advisor Brian K. Smith. en_US
dc.contributor.author Frost, Jeana (Jeana H.), 1973- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-23T14:15:26Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-23T14:15:26Z
dc.date.copyright 2001 en_US
dc.date.issued 2001 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/61116
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, 2001. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 60-63). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis is about diabetics and their theories about their health practices. Daily decisions, such as eating and exercise habits, have clear consequences for a diabetic's health, yet many of them fail to change their behavior patterns despite knowing facts about the disease. I assumed that they might change their practices if the relationship between their actions and their blood glucose levels was made explicit. To do this, I introduced photography into diabetes diagnosis, asking people to collect images of their daily activities to complement their glucose monitoring. By combining quantitative glucose measurements with qualitative portraits of action, I hoped to make the relationship between physiology and behavior an object for discussion and reflection. More so, I hoped that diabetics who viewed these data would begin to develop new interpretations of their lifestyles that would ultimately lead to healthier activities. I will discuss studies conducted in diabetes education courses and a set of visualization tools that I designed to help people see correlations between glucose data and photographs of activity. The results of these studies suggest that photographing activities may have the potential to change the ways that diabetics understand and deal with their health. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility Jeana Frost. en_US
dc.format.extent 63 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences. en_US
dc.title Visualizing health : imagery as data for changing personal practice en_US
dc.title.alternative Imagery as data for changing personal practice en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 49890094 en_US


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