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Editors’ Choice: Feeling Machines: The Psychopedagogies of Emotion-maximizing Media

It is now possible to measure and manage emotions through mobile apps and other digital devices. As part of my current research exploring the expert practices and knowledge base of the emerging field of “educational data science,” I have been gathering examples of educational technologies that are designed to both monitor learners’ emotions through data mining techniques, and also to manipulate their feelings. I term these “psychopedagogies” of emotional maximization that are based on insights from the psychological sciences and delivered through digital media. They are also part of a wider trend in the digital control of population mood by governments.

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This content was selected for Digital Humanities Now by Editor-in-Chief Amanda Morton based on nominations by Editors-at-Large: Antonio Jimenez-Munoz, Shayda Schilleman, Alix Keener, Rebecca Napolitano, Andrea Odiorne, Lacey Wilson, and Nathaniel Deines.