Understanding the Consequences of Technology for Human Interaction and Health: Gunilla Bradley’s Pioneer Scientific Contribution

Understanding the Consequences of Technology for Human Interaction and Health: Gunilla Bradley’s Pioneer Scientific Contribution

Kristina Orth-Gomér (Karolinska institutet, Stockholm & Charité Universitätsmedizin, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-057-0.ch006
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Abstract

Gunilla Bradleys contributions to life sciences are reviewed and explained from a medical and public health perspective. She has developed a research excellence within the field of human interaction and computer technology that has implications that go far beyond her research field. This is because human interaction is crucial for generalized health and welfare of patients and populations. In addition, lack of social human interaction, also referred to as social isolation, is a major risk factor for heart disease, in men as in women. Linking the perspectives of human interaction, technology and health is a formidable task for the research tradition which Gunilla Bradley has created.
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Social Interaction And Health: Quantity Or Quality Of Interaction?

The significance of social interaction for health has been intensively researched for three decades. A population based study from the Alameda County, California, was the first to show that the more frequent the social contacts, the healthier were the populations.

A burst of reports that more or less confirmed these results followed upon their study, so that in 1988 it was reported in Science about the agreement among researchers that

the number of contacts and their benefit for longevity…are surprisingly similar (House, et al Science 1988).

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