What do life stories teach us about the impact of technological developments?
Technology plays an increasingly large role in society and in mental health care. In the Dutch Life Story Lab the relationship between stories and technology is explored in a variety of ways.
Narrative methods offer a unique approach to researching the use and acceptance of new technologies. They can provide insight, for example, into the question of how far therapists and clients accept new media as part of the psychological treatment process, and the degree to which this affects their mutual communication.
New technologies pose important questions in relation to identity formation. What does it mean for the individual identity to live in a society in which technological innovation plays an increasingly greater role? Does technology, such as the rise of social media, change the process of identity formation? To what extent does the identity of a person change as a result of new biomedical technology, such as a robotic leg or neurological implant? These are questions to be investigated in the Dutch Life Story Lab in the years to come.
We are conducting research into the use of the Internet and video recordings to collect narrative data and into the use of advanced statistical methods and text mining for the classification and analysis of life stories.