This is Emma.

The first AI platform designed to simulate the effects of bullying on a teenager’s brain. Right now, Emma is processing thousands of hate and bullying messages similar to the ones a teenager is exposed to every day. Follow Emma’s journey.

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Running Simulation

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CPUCorrelates to the putamen, a part of the brain that affects motor functions, reward sensitivity and higher cognitive processing like executive learning, working memory, and sequence-learning.
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Memory:Correlates to the caudate, a part of the brain that contributes to reward sensitivity, motivation, conditioning, attention, and emotional processing.
Memory0.00 GB FREE
Temperature:Correlates to the anxiety levels in the human brain associated with decreased caudate and putamen volumes.
Temperature0°C
Data Volume:The amount of content our brain is exposed to.
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Behind Project Emma

Emma’s Vitals

Every part of Emma’s internal system was programmed to mirror the inner workings of a teenager’s brain. The data is entirely based on a study from King’s College London that analyzes the impact of peer victimization (bullying) on the brain of an adolescent. See study.

CPU

Correlates to the putamen, a part of the brain that affects motor functions, reward sensitivity and higher cognitive processing like executive learning, working memory, and sequence-learning. The study found that peer victimization (bullying) is associated with generalized anxiety caused by decreases in the putamen and caudate volume. The putamen drives how the brain processes short-term and working memory, speech, and implicit skill learning. The CPU in a computer, much like the putamen in the brain, controls the logic and processing operations. In the context of machine learning, this is where procedural learning takes place.

Memory

Correlates to the caudate, a part of the brain that contributes to emotional processing and other behaviors. The study findings suggest that peer victimization (bullying) decreases caudate volume in the teenage brain (β=0.036, 95% CI=0.002–0.099).

Temperature

Correlates to the anxiety levels in the human brain, resulting from decreased caudate and putamen volumes. Based on the study, changes in putamen and caudate volume were linked, in part, to generalized anxiety. Decreased processing abilities have direct repercussions on both a computer and a teenager. In the context of a computer, this commonly translates to increased temperature as logic operations become harder and harder to process. Emma’s system temperature (byproduct of decreased memory and CPU performance) increases in correlation to this increase in anxiety. (See Fig. 1 below)

Fig.1

A) The study examines the change in putamen and caudate volume in relation to anxiety. The “c′” path indicates that peer victimization is indirectly associated with generalized anxiety via changes in caudate and putamen volume ("a" and "b" paths).

B) The three values have been directly translated to decreased values in terms of instructions per second and decreased clock speed.

Data Volume

Correlates to the total load of information and content being processed by the human brain. As the volume of data increases, so does the CPU and memory usage in Emma.

Hate Feed

These are examples of the bullying and hate messages that Emma is processing.

Take Action

STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S. It is dedicated to changing the culture for all students, and works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. STOMP Out Bullying™ is recognized as the most influential anti-bullying organization in America.