Motivational technologies: A theoretical framework for designing preventive health applications

S. Shyam Sundar, Saraswathi Bellur, Haiyan Jia

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Abstract

Every day, millions of people seek health information online, but we still do not know how to create websites or mobile applications that could motivate them to change their health-related behaviors in a proactive manner. There is a big difference between learning about one's health status and doing something about it. In order to bridge this gap, we provide a theoretical framework for designing Motivational Technologies. We discuss how three affordances of modern media interfaces-navigability, interactivity, and customization-could be used to enhance individuals' intrinsic motivation for preventive health, based on self-determination theory. Empirical evidence and design guidelines discussed here could lead to significant advances in health information systems aimed at promoting preventive health behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPersuasive Technology
Subtitle of host publicationDesign for Health and Safety - 7th International Conference, PERSUASIVE 2012, Proceedings
Pages112-122
Number of pages11
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 13 2012
Event7th International Conference on Persuasive Technology, PERSUASIVE 2012 - Linkoping, Sweden
Duration: Jun 6 2012Jun 8 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7284 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other7th International Conference on Persuasive Technology, PERSUASIVE 2012
CountrySweden
CityLinkoping
Period6/6/126/8/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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