Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Technology and The Shrink-- Hello, Siri.

Technology seems to be the theme of the moment here on Shrink Rap.  We're all playing with new toys and trying to figure out what makes them fun and what makes them useful to our work.

For this week's post on Shrink Rap News over on the Clinical Psychiatry News website, I have an article up on Siri and the Psychiatrist.  Some information that might be useful to anyone who is thinking of incorporating this technology into their practice, and oh, a little tongue-in-cheek humor there with many thanks to Dr. Bob Roca at Sheppard Pratt and Dr. Paul Nestadt at Johns Hopkins who both allowed me to quote them during their more playful moments.  There is also a techy post up on  Shrink Rap Today over on our Psychology Today Website with links to some of our past technology posts.
Roy is trying to figure out how to use his iPad to interface with Electronic Medical Records and wrote about it last week for our Clinical Psychiatry News SR blog, see iPad: The New Black Bag.  His last post on Shrink Rap was about Depression Apps, and he inspired me to add the Moody Me app to my own iPhone.  I haven't tried it yet, but I'll let you know how it goes, but the colorful smiley faces were more than I could resist.  Depression Apps will also be a topic in one of our upcoming podcasts. 

Okay, so if you read my post on Siri and the psychiatrist, it will make me happy:

If you comment on it, it will make me really happy:

But be nice, I don't want to be sad:


Sarebear said...

I found this mood tracker by the same people who make the moody me app, but online, if you don't have a smartphone like I do not have one.

I don't know if it gives emoticons because I haven't signed up yet but it shows one next to the Track Your Mood button . . .

Read your thing on Clinical Psych, enjoyed it!

Dinah said...

Thank you, Sarebear!
I have to get Siri to respond to blog posts.....

(O)CT(O)PUS said...

I suppose the trend in anthropomorphizing appliances and vehicles is to make them user-friendly. Then again, user preferences and gender biases complicate the engineering. Shall the device speak in a male or female voice?

If your GPS device says “Turn left here” in a strong Teutonic voice, would you be more inclined to follow directions? Will German males take direction from female cars? Should your device speak in patrician English, or in a voice that is warm and seductive?

Here is an idea. Develop a personal rapport with your devices and refer to them by their proper names. About your phone, her name is iONA. Your espresso machine is iSABELLA. Your refrigerator is iDONA. Your washer/dryer – iLENE and iRENE. And your devices may be more inclined to cooperate if you remember their birthdays with a bouquet of flowers.

Remember, Siri spelled backwards is iRIS.

Sarebear said...

Ellen was on in the background (still is) and Robin Williams was on (hate the crude humor tho) but after some of the former they started talking SIRI and his well riff on that he just bounced from thing to thing like he does (like I recognize I do alot, just not in a brilliant multi-million dollar humorous way lol) was SO hilarious. I so thought of you Dinah!

Dinah said...

Thanks, Sarebear, I'm sorry I missed this. I think Siri will be the butt of many jokes. I kind of love her. Don't tell anyone.

Octopus spelled backwards is Supotco. It has to mean something?