Abstract

Persuasive technology refers to research after and development of instruments that can support people, society, institutions or governments to persuade other people of a particular opinion or to behave in a particular way. A digital lifestyle coach is a behavior change support system, a special type of persuasive technology. Rhetoric and social psychology are basic sciences that inform technologists about the principles, strategies and tactics of persuasive communication and about the factors that determine the successfulness of the use of persuasive technologies. We present the main requirements for these technologies and show how they motivate the use of information and communication technology, services, sensors and new mobile hardware devices. Digital coaches play the role of a human coach and clients experience the system as a social actor. This motivates to present the system on the user interface as a graphical virtual human that addresses her messages verbally to the client. Research has shown that this may have a positive effect on the successfulness of the system. As an illustration we present a digital coach that is developed to support diabetes patients to adhere to a more healthy lifestyle. We present results of a comparative experiment to see if the use of a virtual human improves the eectiveness of the digital coach compared to presenting the message by a simple text message.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings Thirteenth International Symposium on Social Communication
EditorsLeonel Ruiz Miyares, Maria Alvarez Rosa, Silva Munoz Alvarado, Alex Munoz Alvarado
Place of PublicationSantiago de Cuba
PublisherCentro de Lingüística Aplicada
Pages338-344
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-959-7174-22-6
StatePublished - 21 Jan 2013

Publication series

NameActualizaciones en Comunicación Social
PublisherCentro de Linguistica Aplicada
VolumeVol. I

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Lifestyle
Sensor
Social Psychology
Diabetes
Mobile devices
Information and communication technology
Experiment
User interface
Tactics

Keywords

  • METIS-296077
  • IR-83662
  • Mobile devices
  • Persuasive Technology
  • Virtual Humans
  • EWI-22192
  • diabetis patients
  • lifestyle coach
  • HMI-MI: MULTIMODAL INTERACTIONS
  • HMI-IA: Intelligent Agents
  • HMI-HF: Human Factors

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Klaassen, R., op den Akker, H. J. A., & Nijholt, A. (2013). Digital Lifestyle Coaches on the Move. In L. Ruiz Miyares, M. Alvarez Rosa, S. Munoz Alvarado, & A. Munoz Alvarado (Eds.), Proceedings Thirteenth International Symposium on Social Communication (pp. 338-344). (Actualizaciones en Comunicación Social; Vol. Vol. I). Santiago de Cuba: Centro de Lingüística Aplicada.

Klaassen, Randy; op den Akker, Hendrikus J.A.; Nijholt, Antinus / Digital Lifestyle Coaches on the Move.

Proceedings Thirteenth International Symposium on Social Communication. ed. / Leonel Ruiz Miyares; Maria Alvarez Rosa; Silva Munoz Alvarado; Alex Munoz Alvarado. Santiago de Cuba : Centro de Lingüística Aplicada, 2013. p. 338-344 (Actualizaciones en Comunicación Social; Vol. Vol. I).

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewConference contribution

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Klaassen, R, op den Akker, HJA & Nijholt, A 2013, Digital Lifestyle Coaches on the Move. in L Ruiz Miyares, M Alvarez Rosa, S Munoz Alvarado & A Munoz Alvarado (eds), Proceedings Thirteenth International Symposium on Social Communication. Actualizaciones en Comunicación Social, vol. Vol. I, Centro de Lingüística Aplicada, Santiago de Cuba, pp. 338-344.

Digital Lifestyle Coaches on the Move. / Klaassen, Randy; op den Akker, Hendrikus J.A.; Nijholt, Antinus.

Proceedings Thirteenth International Symposium on Social Communication. ed. / Leonel Ruiz Miyares; Maria Alvarez Rosa; Silva Munoz Alvarado; Alex Munoz Alvarado. Santiago de Cuba : Centro de Lingüística Aplicada, 2013. p. 338-344 (Actualizaciones en Comunicación Social; Vol. Vol. I).

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Klaassen R, op den Akker HJA, Nijholt A. Digital Lifestyle Coaches on the Move. In Ruiz Miyares L, Alvarez Rosa M, Munoz Alvarado S, Munoz Alvarado A, editors, Proceedings Thirteenth International Symposium on Social Communication. Santiago de Cuba: Centro de Lingüística Aplicada. 2013. p. 338-344. (Actualizaciones en Comunicación Social).