Social interaction and reflection for behaviour change

Ploderer, Bernd, Reitberger, Wolfgang, Oinas-Kukkonen, Harri, & van Gemert-Pijnen, Julia E.W.C. (2014) Social interaction and reflection for behaviour change. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 18(7), pp. 1667-1676.

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This article introduces the theme issue on social interaction and reflection for behaviour change. A large body of research exists on systems designed to help users in changing their behaviours, for instance, to exercise more regularly or to reduce energy consumption. Increasingly, these systems focus on multiple users, often to encourage open-ended reflection rather than prescribing a particular course of action. As background for this theme issue, this article presents a literature review on behaviour change support systems that focus on social interaction and reflection. The review highlights five key approaches amongst these systems: social traces, social support, collective use, reflection-in-action, and reflection-on-action. Each approach offers unique benefits, but also challenges for the design of behaviour change support systems. We highlight how the articles in this theme issue contribute to our current understanding of these five approaches, and beyond that, set out some broad directions for future work.

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ID Code: 93518
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: behaviour change, social support, persuasive technology, reflection in action, online communities
DOI: 10.1007/s00779-014-0779-y
ISSN: 1617-4917
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 09 Mar 2016 02:17
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 05:00

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