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Seminar - September 16, 2010

Day/Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Time: 4:15 pm
Location:  HSEB Room 4100B 

Presented by:

Carlos Nakamura, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Utah
Dept. of Biomedical Informatics


Carlos Nakamura has a B.A. in architecture from University of Sao Paulo and an M.A. in liberal studies from Dartmouth College. In 2007 he received his doctoral degree from McGill University with a major in applied cognitive science and a minor in instructional psychology. His dissertation focused on the use of computer technologies to support the development of diagnostic reasoning skills among medical students. In 2008 he joined the Decision Systems Group (DSG) at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School as a postdoctoral fellow in consumer health informatics. In 2009 he moved with the Zeng Lab to the University of Utah.



In this presentation I will cover two examples on how cognitive science can support and improve medical informatics research.  First, I will describe an ongoing project in which we are developing an application that automatically complements patient instructions with pictures to enhance comprehension and recall. Next, I will describe the development of the prototype of an application intended support to the development of diagnostic skills. These two studies exemplify cognitive research from both the patients’ and the clinicians’ perspective. Further, they demonstrate meaningful interaction that can occur between conceptual and applied research.