Owen’s research examines biobehavioural reactivity to experience in both laboratory and ecological settings, and he is especially interested in emergent devices and technologies that allow for easily obtained measures of cardiovascular activity. The new wearable technologies that enable people to monitor their heart rate variability are being adopted by many to provide information for fitness and life-logging, and increasingly used to monitor stress, health and wellbeing. The resultant data and subsequent applications require a firm scientific grounding embedded in an evidence-based approach to allow proper interpretation. This is particularly important where the intended uses are therapeutic settings and intervention, and Owen’s research uses several approaches, including experimental methods in combination with ecological assessments to examine the usefulness and accuracy of wearable technologies in describing daily experiences.
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