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Positive Technologies for Understanding and Promoting Positive Emotions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 October 2017

Rosa María Baños*
University of Valencia (Spain)
Alba Carrillo
University of Valencia (Spain)
Ernestina Etchemendy
University of Zaragoza (Spain)
Cristina Botella
University Jaume I (Spain)
*Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Rosa María Baños. Facultad de Psicología de la Universidad de Valencia. E-mail:


Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have become increasingly present in our lives, and their use has spread considerably. This paper presents a review of the way ICTs can help practitioners and researchers to study, promote, and train positive emotions. It is framed within the field of Positive Technologies: the applied scientific approach to the study of the use of technology to improve the quality of personal experience, with the goal of increasing wellbeing. First, the article presents an introduction to the topic of technologies and positive emotions. Then, it describes how ICTs can aid in monitoring, assessing, promoting, modifying, and training positive emotions. Finally, implications and future directions of the role of Positive Technologies in positive emotions are discussed. The authors conclude that, in the near future, Positive Technologies and the field of positive emotions will interact synergistically, producing an exponential growth in the understanding and promotion of positive emotions.

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Copyright © Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Madrid 2017 

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This study was partially supported by Ciber Fisiopatología Obesidad y Nutrición (Madrid, Spain CB06/03, CIBERObn is an initiative of ISCIII, Spain) and PROMOSAM Excellence in Research Program (MINECO, Valencia, Spain, PSI2014–56303-REDT).

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Baños, R. M., Carrillo, A., Etchemendy, E., & Botella, C. (2017). Positive technologies for understanding and promoting positive emotions. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 20. e50. Doi:10.1017/sjp.2017.42


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