Urban Mind is an app that measures your experience of urban or rural living in the moment. Three times a day you will be prompted to answer questions about how you feel and the environment around you. At the end of the two-week trial you will receive an individualised report summarising your experiences during this period. The results will be used to help us plan and design healthier cities.
The Urban Mind app uses a technology called “ecological momentary assessment” to monitor how the surrounding environment affects our mental wellbeing. This technology involves presenting people with a prompt a random times, inviting them to answer questions about their surrounding environment and mental wellbeing. After answering the questions, participants are also invited to take a photograph of the ground or floor where they are standing and/or a short audio recording of their current environment.
In addition the Urban Mind app can record information about geographical location and health data, such as how far people walk and cycle; participants can decide whether or not to provide this information.
The data will help us understand how different aspects of the surrounding environment affect mental wellbeing, and will be used to inform novel clinical interventions and the planning and design of healthier cities. At the end if the two-weeks trial participants receive an individualised report summarising their experiences during this period. Participation in this research project is anonymous, and the information provided by individual participants is kept private and confidential.
Urban Mind is a collaboration between King’s College London, landscape architects J&L Gibbons and arts foundation Nomad Projects.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.