This project is a part of a long-term research plan for understanding the role that digital technology can play in helping people reflect, make meaning, and test assumptions they have about the world and the values they possess. The system, G.I.R.L.S (Girls Involved in Real Life Sharing), allows users to reflect actively upon the emotions related to their situations through the construction of pictorial narratives. Users of this new system were able to gain new knowledge and understanding about themselves and others through the exploration of authentic and personal experiences. The system employs a new technology called common sense reasoning that enables it to infer affective content from the users' stories and support emotional reflection.

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“I felt like on the computer I could say anything. I felt like, rather than taking everything out on my parents, I could get it out on the screen. I could get my emotions out rather than bottling them up.” –  6th grade girl

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