[CaBSSem] CABS Seminar Friday Jan 11 3:30-5:00: Tal Svoray (COR A228)

Clay Holroyd holroyd at uvic.ca
Tue Jan 8 10:54:14 PST 2019


This Friday the Department of Psychology Cognition and Brain Sciences Program rings in the new year with a talk by Dr. Tal Svoray, a professor of geoinformatics and the outgoing chair of the Dept. of Geography at Ben-Gurion University, Israel. Professor Svoray's talk is titled: "The effect of nature on happiness: Impressions from social network data analysis."

"Joy constitutes a powerful marker of health and well-being. Understanding the factors that affect joy have focused on psychological, interpersonal, and socio-economic analyses while the role of nature on joy is less understood. In this talk, we posit that joy is prevalence in areas of low density building, replete with natural resources: water bodies and green spaces. To test this hypothesis, we applied a novel, spatio-temporal, big-data analysis of photos taken of the Boston Area and posted on Flickr during 2012-2015 (N=60,013). Photos were analyzed using a well-established computer vision system to detect facial emotional expressions. Exposure to nature, measured either as a composite score or based on the three aforementioned area aspects, was strongly associated with happy facial expression. Findings shed light on the geographical underpinnings of joy and point out to therapeutic interventions that increase well-being by navigating humans into natural environments."

Seminar to be held on Friday Jan 11, 3:30-5:00, in COR A228 (the Reading Room; note the later starting time this semester). Everyone is welcome to attend. Arrive early to ensure a seat!

The seminar schedule can be found here:
http://www.uvic.ca/socialsciences/psychology/graduate/brain-sciences/cabssem/

Clay Holroyd
Seminar Coordinator​



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