Biosensors in mental health research

Mental health research takes many forms, but what unites it can be the application of biosensors and psychophysiological methodologies to better understand and ameliorate patient experiences and outcomes.

In this webinar, Dr. Pernille Bülow and iMotions client Dr. Ryan Jacoby will talk about their expertise with mental health research and discuss how researchers can correlate, detect, diagnose & intervene using biosensors.

From investigations into clinical mental illness regarding bipolar disorder, depression and PTSD, to general health monitoring, education, and performance, multimodal biosensor studies have seen blossoming interest. Hear from these experts about how combining facial expression analysis, heart rate, eye tracking, skin conductance or other multi-sensor behavioral research techniques can have immediate implications on the clinical, diagnostic or intervention aspects of mental health research.


Ryan Jane Jacoby, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Center for OCD and Related Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical & research interests focus on the behavioral/psychophysiological measurement of transdiagnostic psychological processes (e.g., intolerance of uncertainty, attentional/cognitive control) using multi-method approaches (e.g., attentional eye-tracking tasks, behavioral economic decision-making paradigms, & biometric indices of autonomic arousal.)

Dr. Pernille Bülow is a Product Specialist at iMotions where she consults and trains researchers on multimodal biometric data collection and study design. Pernille has a BS from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Neuroscience at Emory University where she studied brain mechanisms associated with the neurodevelopmental disorder Fragile X Syndrome. She was previously a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School/Mass General Hospital focusing on the effects of touch on the autonomic nervous system in typical & atypical development.

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