|Title||Convergence Research Team of Art & Technology Dept. and Psychology Dept. Develop Smartphone Application for Psychology Counseling Based on Crowd Sourcing|
Convergence Research Team of Art & Technology Dept. and Psychology Dept.
Develop Smartphone Application for Psychology Counseling Based on Crowd Sourcing
▲ (From left) Prof. Kim Ju-sub and prof. Kim Hyang-sook
The convergence research team of the creative computing group from the department of Art & Technology (led by Prof. Kim Ju-sub) and the Clinical Psychology Lab (led by Prof. Kim Hyang-sook) developed “Spring,” a smart phone application for psychology counseling.
The convergence research team focused on the difficulties in conventional face-to-face clinics, such as difficult access to the consultation, high cost, and exposure of privacy. To solve these problems, they developed a psychology counseling application and verified the effects. A user of the Spring application writes down the circumstances that influenced his or her mood and the feelings of the moment, while multiple counselors immediately support the user to interpret the situation from different aspects. According to a 2-week study in which 56 Sogang students participated in user or control groups, the level of depression of the application user group was significantly reduced compared to the control group.
▲ User interface of "Spring" application
Unline existing psychology counseling applications, the Spring application allows multiple counselors to immediately participate in the consultation based on the theoretical framework of cognitive behavior therapy. The application also introduced a reward system to boost the rate of re-use. The results of the research were presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association on August 9 and the new psychological involvement suggested by the research team was applied for a domestic patent.
The research was sponsored by the 2016 Interdisciplinary Convergence Research Project of the National Research Foundation of Korea. Prof. Lee Kyeong-wook at the deparment of Psychiatry department, Catholic University and Prof. Chang Seung-min at the department of Psychology, Sungkyunkwan University jointly participated.