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Bruns, Annie Instructor

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Research

research overview

  • 1. The primary research goal is to investigate which specific smartphone and social media behaviors are problematic, correlated with negative mental health outcomes. Are mindfulness-based interventions effective in shifting smartphone and social media behaviors toward less problematic, improving the negative mental health outcomes? 2. How does social media use influence polarization, prosocial behavior, and perspective-taking? How does social media use influence the human capacity for i) cognitive empathy ii) emotional empathy iii) empathic concern. 3. What is the efficacy of bringing mindfulness-based interventions into the classroom? How does this impact learning and academic performance?

keywords

  • mindfulness-based interventions, social media, smartphones, social support, stress-management, education, empathy, prosocial behavior, perspective-taking, mentalizing, cognitive science, evolutionary psychology

Publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • ATLS 1100 - Design Foundations
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Introduces foundational principles, practices and methods of design. Emphasizes design as an expressive and creative problem solving tool. This course engages with design from a broad perspective including visual, computational, physical and auditory design practices. Through lectures, discussions and creative projects, students will gain a familiarity with the diverse applications of creative technology through design.
  • ATLS 2000 - The Meaning of Information Technology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    Surveys the history of information technologies and modern techniques of information production, storage, transmission, and retrieval. Emphasizes understanding not only the technological transformations in interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication, but also the technological, social and political changes that underlie the movement toward a digital society. Same as ENES 2020.
  • ATLS 4000 - Research Methods and Professional Practice
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Research Methods and Professional Practice lays the foundation for students to produce culminating work in their major. In this course, students will engage in domain exploration, learn to define a research problem, utilize tools and methods for professional design research, refine presentation skills, and engage in iterative and collaborative work. This course is focused on domain research, idea validation, and prototyping in order to prepare students for a culminating semester-long Capstone project based on this research. Formerly offered as a special topics course.
  • ATLS 4010 - Capstone Projects I
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    The focus of this advanced practicum course is the development of an individual thesis project. Specific class sessions will feature a combination of lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers, lab sessions, and critiques. This course also entails group work, portfolio development, critical theoretical readings, and a significant written component.
  • ATLS 4244 - Empathy and Technology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Explores how the creative integration of empathy and compassion with design and technology can benefit society. Reviews foundational neuroscience and evolution of empathy. Through readings, discussion, and reflection students will develop personal practices for fostering empathy and critically investigate: empathy as a finite resource, tribalism/polarization, the weaponization of empathy, and principles for designing social systems that promote well-being. Previously offered as a special topics course. Same as ATLS 5244. Recommended prerequisite: ATLS 2000.
  • ATLS 4529 - Advanced Special Topics: Critical Perspectives in Technology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    Analyzes critical perspectives in technology, art and media. Within these courses, students will develop vocabularies, theoretical perspectives and critical approaches relevant to technology and its effects on culture and society. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as ATLS 5529.
  • ATLS 5244 - Empathy and Technology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Explores how the creative integration of empathy and compassion with design and technology can benefit society. Reviews foundational neuroscience and evolution of empathy. Through readings, discussion, and reflection students will develop personal practices for fostering empathy and critically investigate: empathy as a finite resource, tribalism/polarization, the weaponization of empathy, and principles for designing social systems that promote well-being. Previously offered as a special topics course. Same as ATLS 4244.
  • ATLS 5519 - Advanced Special Topics in Technology, Arts, and Media
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Analyzes special interest areas of multidisciplinary technology, arts and media research and practice. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours for different topics.
  • ATLS 5529 - Advanced Special Topics: Critical Perspectives in Technology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    Analyzes critical perspectives in technology, art and media. Within these courses, students will develop vocabularies, theoretical perspectives and critical approaches relevant to technology and its effects on culture and society. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as ATLS 4529.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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