Personal Informatics & HCI: Design, Theory, & Social Implications
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A Mobile Application for Improving Health Attitudes: Being Social Matters
Amy L. Gonzales, JP Pollak, Daniela Retelny, Eric P.S. Baumer, Geri Gay
This paper describes a pilot test of a mobile phone application, VERA, (Virtual Environments to Raise Awareness) designed to improve attitudes about health by increasing awareness of health behaviors through use of a photolog. VERA was tested in a group and individual setting over the course of 2 weeks. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected. Participants in the group condition rated themselves as more aware of health behaviors and having more self- control after using the system. These results are discussed using a social psychological theory of self- perception and public commitment.
Created by Ian Li
HCII, Carnegie Mellon University.