However, it is important that we be critical of what we mean by mindfulness states in that the approach embodied through the app can be argued to be a diluted form of mindfulness that is excessively cognition-focused, and provides limited pathways to more non-conceptual understanding – insight.
Ultimately, the dissertation posits a form of computer-supported mindfulness that makes use of situated context to induce mindfulness states, and provides a phenomenological understanding of the advantages and limitations of such an approach within the context of modern demands and traditional contemplative understandings of mindfulness.
In the summer before your final year, students in the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Social & Behavioral Sciences concentrations of the MPH program must complete an applied practice experience (APE).
As part of the APE, you’ll engage in hands-on public health research under the mentoring of a public health research professional addressing a specific public health topic.
Cultivating Situated Mindfulness in Everyday Life: A Design-Based Study of a Mobile Approach Situated mobile learning is an expanding field that places computers as mediators of our relationship with the world around us, enabling an augmented experience that changes how we experience things and in turn make meaning out of those experiences.
New York University Doctoral Dissertations
The dissertation asks the question, what does it mean for mobile devices that are always with us, to help us be more mindful throughout the day, especially within a context of urban living in the 21st century?“Now I can actually do what I want”: Social learning ecologies supporting youth pathways in digital media making This study examines how youth are able to pursue interest-driven learning and practice-linked identities connected to digital media making with the help of individuals in their lives.Engaging in digital media making is an important route to developing important 21st century skills, empowered civic identities, and lifelong learning; also reports indicate that individuals from non-dominant communities are less able to derive such benefits.The design-based research study involved three iterative design cycles of a mobile app with input from a group of adult users to explore how a mobile app can prompt mindfulness states throughout the day using surrounding context and mental events as the attentional focus, and end-of-day reflections incorporating forms of cognitive reappraisal and body awareness.Analysis involved self-report measures of mindfulness, behavior logs, and in-depth interview analysis, all mapped against conjectures that related design embodiments, to mediating processes, to outcomes of curiosity and decentering (two factors of a mindfulness state).Using Goldman’s "quisitive" mixed methods research, I layered and iteratively analyzed the data throughout the course of the research.I conducted an analysis of participant households’ experiences with ecopedagogical interventions within the socio-ecological system of production and consumption in Rockaway, Queens, New York City.Over time, students publish journal articles and conference papers in addition to conducting the doctoral dissertation.Educational Design for Sustainable Resilience: A Quisitive Inquiry of Everyday Consumption There is a growing popular, academic, scientific, economic, and political consensus in support of sustainable, healthy, and pro-social production and consumption.The point of purchase represents a nexus of the contemporary, globalized ecology of production and consumption and is, therefore, a space for intervention (i.e., product labels, consumer education, product information databases and apps, etc.).Ecopedagogy aims to educate about resilient, sustainable, healthy, and pro-social attitudes and behavior.