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First Person: “Tracking Data About Your Body”

March 6th, 2012 / in big science, research horizons, Research News / by Erwin Gianchandani

Larry Smarr on "quantified self" [image courtesy The San Diego Union-Tribune].Last week, we blogged about Larry Smarr’s efforts to quantify his own health. Turns out Larry is speaking out today, in his own words, as part of a front-page profile on the front page of The San Diego Tribune:

“Quantified health, to me, means tracking data about your body — as simple as weighing yourself on a scale once a day to as complicated as wearing a device at night to measure every 30 seconds your sleep state…


“The reason you do this — you modify your behavior. And it’s the same thing as you drive your car. You look at the speedometer, and if it’s a 60-mile-per-hour zone, you try to stay under 60.


“And so this idea of bio-feedback altering your behavior so that you can get a desired goal is why people quantify themselves…”

Check out the full two-minute video after the jump…

…and see the profile here.

(Contributed by Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Director)

First Person: “Tracking Data About Your Body”

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