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The Routine Formula

Posted May 20, 2021 | By ale_bellot

Digital Education Programming Presented by the
Center for Health & Wellbeing

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In this session, Dr. Mary Jean Amon, an Assistant Professor from the University of Central Florida’s School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training, is interviewed about her research that highlights the benefits vs. non-benefits of behavioral routines for daily functioning. This presentation centers on new research regarding routineness in health-related behaviors, outlines how the benefits and drawbacks of routineness are more nuanced and how wearable sensors can provide insights into beneficial health behaviors.

By watching this program, you can expect to learn that:

  • given conflicting accounts on the benefits of routine, research is needed to examine how routineness versus flexibility in health-related behaviors correspond to personality traits, mental health, and occupational outcomes;
  • using automatically sensed health-related behaviors collected from 483 information workers over a roughly two-month period, the benefits and drawbacks of health routineness (i.e., patterns of daily step count, sleep duration, and heart rate variability) are examined;
  • it is often believed that routine is desirable, but new research suggests that effects of routineness are more nuanced, and wearable sensors can provide insights into beneficial health behaviors.

This program is presented by Dr. Mary Jean Amon and is hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation.

About the Program Presenter
Dr. Mary Jean Amon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She holds a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, as well as a Master of Arts in Psychology in Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Before joining UCF, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington, and then a Research Associate in the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her interdisciplinary research is informed by topics in Cognitive Science, Complexity Science, and Computer Science and centers on user-oriented research aimed toward optimizing decision-making and performance in the context of complex socio-technological systems.