Design decisions for a real time, alcohol craving study using physio- and psychological measures

Erika van Wijk-van Lier*, Mira Oberhagemann, Jessica D. Stroes, Niklas M. Enewoldsen, Marcel E. Pieterse, Jan Maarten C. Schraagen, Marloes G. Postel, Miriam M.R. Vollenbroek-Hutten, Hein A. de Haan, Matthijs L. Noordzij

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The current study was a pilot for an alcohol craving monitoring study with a biosensor (E4 wristband) and ecological momentary assessment (EMA) smartphone app. The E4 wristband was evaluated on compliance rates, usability, comfort and stigmatization. Two EMA methodologies (signal- and interval-contingent design) were compared on data variability, compliance and perceived burden. Results show that both EMA methodologies captured variability of craving and compliance rates were between medium to low. The perceived burden of the designs was high, in particular for the signal-contingent design. Participants wore the wristband ranging from occasionally to often and the usability was rated good. Many participants reported frequent questioning about the bracelet, which they indicated as positive. However, addicted individuals are expected not to appreciate this attention, we therefore propose to provide them with coping strategies. Efforts should be made to increase compliance, we therefore propose the interval contingent design with micro incentives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPersuasive Technology: Development and Implementation of Personalized Technologies to Change Attitudes and Behaviors - 12th International Conference, PERSUASIVE 2017, Proceedings
Number of pages13
Volume10171 LNCS
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-55134-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-55133-3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event12th International Conference on Persuasive Technology, PERSUASIVE 2017 - Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 Apr 20176 Apr 2017
Conference number: 12

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10171 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference12th International Conference on Persuasive Technology, PERSUASIVE 2017
Abbreviated titlePERSUASIVE
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  • Biosensor
  • Compliance rates
  • Data variability
  • Ecological momentary assessment
  • Perceived burden
  • Stigmatization
  • Usability
  • Wearing comfort


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