Social Sciences

With Death at His Heels. Chronicle of an Escape and Two Wars.

Based on a recording made by the protagonist himself, I have tried to reconstruct Miguel Quintillà’s biography. A member of the Republican Council of Purroy (Spain), he managed to escape execution by the Guardia Civil in 1938 and became a republican combatant in the Segre and Ebro battles. Prisoner by Franco, he managed to escape in the Navarre Pyrenees. He joined the French Légion estrangère and fought against Hitler during the 2WW in the battle of the Norwegian fjords. He was also a soldier of the NOSC of the British Army, which landed on the Normandy coast.My analysis it’s an attempt at portraying a carpenter who became a fugitive, a prisoner and a soldier in two wars, but it may be as well a way of recognising the role played by anonymous people, the true heroes in our History.

The Glasses of Happiness

Wear our glasses and you will be happy! Happiness is a complex feeling, regarding the hormones chemistry which man can learn to handle in order to ensure as much as possible a desired state. The „Glasses of Happiness“ is an encapsulated system that contains a module in contact with the wearer’s skin in order to collect biological information. These are interpreted by the attached electronic system and, depending on the results, the device decides what message / messages the person who wears the glasses should receive from their own phone. Messages specifically target to excite the emotions and sensations (images that simulate or induce the idea of enveloping, hugging) that are accepted as realities by the brain and lead to the release of one or more hormones.

The Church of Stalin

A dramatic shift of Stalin’s policies had significant impact on the Soviet society during World War II. Stalin decided to tolerate the Church playing a greater role in the war after a decade of systematic repression. The focus question of this essay is “How did the role of the Russian Orthodox Church change between 1941 and 1945?”. This essay will examine multiple perspectives including economic, social and political reasons for Stalin’s decision in regard of the Second World War. When looking into the significant shift, 1941 stands out because the Church was again allowed to operate. Whereas 1945 marks the year when the persecution of the Church was reintroduced. This topic is clearly present in Russian society today. Even 70 years after the persecution many questions go unanswered.

Putin’s Russia and how do young people react to it

My project is about the development of modern Russia and the relationship with its future generation. The project firstly exhibits the short history of Russia from the beginning of Putin’s first presidency until recent events and then analyzes a survey done by me which summarizes opinions of Russian youth on these topics. This project places main Russian events as well as reasons for them in order. It presents motivations of political leaders and events in a clear way. It helps people not understanding Russian politics fully to imagine the idea of them as well. For people who already know Russia’s politics it introduces new information which has not been known before about Russia’s young generation. (P.S. there is more further research going on in the project right now).

OnMind: an IoT wearable biofeedback system for the treatment of psychosomatic disorders

The situation of mental disorders is always more worrying while the IoT has proven to be an ally of medicine for its ability in receiving, processing, and analyzing great quantities of data.OnMind is a biofeedback device for psychophysiological disorders, especially for depression and anxiety. OnMind has a wrist-band, that monitors stress (HRV, HR, SpO2, EDA) and environmental parameters (Light and Temperature), an App for the patient and a Platform for the therapist. App shows graphics and behavior-related tips to improve user well-being. On the platform patients data are shown. The patient understands the body’s reaction to stress and how the environment influences his mood. It basis on the literature related to the circadian rhythms, with a focus on HRV, EDA, sleep phases and light.

Maat in old Kingdom Egypt

Maat is a word, principle and goddess in Ancient Egyptian thought and religion. Maat was thought of as the embodiment of order, both in the cosmic sense, and in the social sense. On the one hand, Maat was perceived as justice and social hierarchy, and on the other – as truth and “physical” order (such as gravity, tide and sunsets). In this paper, I examined the textual references of Maat in the Old Kingdom, focusing on the second half of the fifth dynasty (2445-2345 BCE). This period is thought to be a time of great changes, both political and religious. In order to do so, I examined titles and personal names from the period that contain the word „Maat“, as well as a inscriptions from Ancient Egyptian tombs, both royal and non-royal.