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The Psychology of Media & Social Change

As a media psychologist, Dr. Durnell provides analysis on the impact that technology and media can have on strategic communications and social change. She is recognized for building high-performing communication, marketing and social change initiatives. Durnell is a graduate school adjunct faculty and has presented at Harvard Medical School, Stanford Medical School and at technology (AWE) and psychology (APA) conferences. She consults with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S.

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Presenting at International Positive Psychology Association, Melbourne Australia

A digital healthcare revolution is changing the human experience. Virtual reality (VR) or immersive technology is creating a significant leap in the health and wellbeing space—transforming healthcare by leveraging technology. The therapeutic use of VR can assist us in living the good life—the healthy life. Technology used in this way may hold the key to teaching us how to deconstruct fear and anxiety—the experience of suffering—and enhance our wellbeing. Because VR can evoke a cognitive state, researchers are measuring the behavioral responses.

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The Brain Machine Connection: How AI, VR and Digital Therapeutics are Transforming Education, Research and Healthcare

Medicine promises to become the biggest vertical market for the use of VR. Some believe the deepest and most significant impact technology currently can make is in clinical, medical and the healthcare industry.

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Dr. Durnell "Disrupting Healthcare: How Medical Virtual Reality Impacts Patient Outcomes"

Medicine promises to become the biggest vertical market for the use of VR.  Recent research has demonstrated that VR is changing healthcare outcomes by structuring it—by augmenting it—by replacing it. Dr. Durnell discusses how advances in virtual reality are changing patient results.

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Teaching the Psychology of Technology to Graduate Students

The goal of this course is to prepare students to understand new technologies, the effect they can have on behavioral change and the potential for impacting humanitarian relief, civic engagement, social infrastructures and therapeutic innovations. This course will strive to provide current information, varying perspectives and will be practical and informed by theory and research. Every week students will be introduced to a different technology, technological application or technology solution, such as AI, AR, VR, robotics and technology-driven healthcare.

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