Now let me see where I was: Understanding how Lifelogs mediate memory

Vaiva Kalnikaite, Abigail Sellen, Steve Whittaker, and Dave Kirk

Abstract

Lifelogging technologies can capture both mundane and

important experiences in our daily lives, resulting in a rich

record of the places we visit and the things we see. This

study moves beyond technology demonstrations, in aiming

to better understand how and why different types of Lifelogs

aid memory. Previous work has demonstrated that Lifelogs

can aid recall, but that they do many other things too. They

can help us look back at the past in new ways, or to

reconstruct what we did in our lives, even if we don’t recall

exact details. Here we extend the notion of Lifelogging to

include locational information. We augment streams of

Lifelog images with geographic data to examine how

different types of data (visual or locational) might affect

memory. Our results show that visual cues promote detailed

memories (akin to recollection). In contrast locational

information supports inferential processes – allowing

participants to reconstruct habits in their behaviour.

Details

Publication typeProceedings
Published inProceedings of CHI 2010
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc.
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