March 15th 2015. Positive Computing: A new partnership between psychology, social sciences and technologists Psychology of Well-Being [www.psywb.com] is inviting submissions for a special issue of the journal that will be dedicated to the topic of Positive Computing. The decades between 1970 and 1990 saw the creation and blossoming of a partnership between many disciplines around what was called cognitive science. Artificial Intelligence was one of the outcomes; another was a set of new engineering practices that helped optimize technologies so they would be safer to use and would maximize productivity. Today we need a new partnership between psychologists, social scientists, designers and engineers so that future technologies have a wider design brief and take into account the impact they have on well-being. This is an area we call positive computing. Psychology of Well-Being is a SpringerOpen journal which promotes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of well-being. The ultimate aim of the journal is to translate this scientific knowledge into practical and effective methods of enhancing well-being for individuals, groups and communities from a variety of contexts. This special issue of Psychology of Well-Being aims to contribute to this new partnership and bring together interdisciplinary perspectives and experiences from psychologists, social scientists, designers and software engineers working together towards improving well-being and human flourishing. Following on the journal’s scope we are seeking papers that examine how technologies are designed to influence behavioural, cognitive and emotional processes and how these designs impact well-being. Technology designs could include:
- Internet-based positive psychology interventions
- Quantified self, personal informatics, nudge, and behaviour change interventions where the desired outcome is improved psychological wellbeing.
- Technology designs, such as activity trackers, wearable physiological sensors and computers (e.g. watches) where psychological well-being is taken into account or that can be used to assess it.
- Office and industrial productivity tools and environments that have an impact on workplace well-being.
- Changes to any software or web-based tool made in order to improve impact on user well-being