Could artificial intelligence help to combat stress? An interview with Davide Morelli

Interview conducted by April Cashin-Garbutt, MA (Cantab) How is stress defined? Stress is actually a bit of a buzzword. The initial definition was “the reaction to changes”, which is why you get stressed also when good things happen, hence the distinction between good stress, eustress, and bad stress, distress. Since the 90’s, stress has become a synonym of the everyday hustling, describing a life style. We focus on the original definition, evaluating the user autonomic balance that can be estimated from heart rate variability (HRV). Can you please outline the physiological response to stress in terms of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems? The autonomic nervous system (the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems) has a direct influence over most of our internal organs. The sympathetic system is called “fight…


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