Our glossary

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We’re experts in motion capture and social, clinical and medical care, disability and ageing and we want to share our work with a wide audience. That’s why we’ve included this glossary of some of the more technical terms that we’ve used on our site.

Hopefully it will give you a richer understanding of the work we’re doing and the improvements we’re trying to discover, design and build.


Gerontology is the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of ageing. It is distinguished from geriatrics, which is the branch of medicine that studies the health and care of the elderly.


Rosenfield, (1992) proposed that Interdisciplinarity consists of “researchers work[ing] jointly but still from disciplinary-specific basis to address a common problem,”

Rosenfield, P. L. ’The potential of transdisciplinary research for sustaining and extending linkages between the health and social sciences’, Social Science & Medicine, pp. 1343–1357, (1992)


In the same article, Rosenfield (1992)  also proposed that transdisciplinarity comprises “researchers working jointly using [a] shared conceptual framework” that draws together concepts, theories, and approaches from the parent disciplines.

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