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Oinas-Kukkonen, H. A foundation for the study of behavior change support systems. Pers Ubiquit Comput 17, 1223–1235 (2013).

A foundation for the study of behavior change support systems

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Author: Oinas-Kukkonen, Harri1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Dept. Information Processing Science Rakentajantie 3, 90570 Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2013
Publish Date: 2021-06-14


The emerging ambient persuasive technology looks very promising for many areas of personal and ubiquitous computing. Persuasive applications aim at changing human attitudes or behavior through the power of software designs. This theory-creating article suggests the concept of a behavior change support system (BCSS), whether web-based, mobile, ubiquitous, or more traditional information system to be treated as the core of research into persuasion, influence, nudge, and coercion. This article provides a foundation for studying BCSSs, in which the key constructs are the O/C matrix and the PSD model. It will (1) introduce the archetypes of behavior change via BCSSs, (2) describe the design process for building persuasive BCSSs, and (3) exemplify research into BCSSs through the domain of health interventions. Recognizing the themes put forward in this article will help leverage the full potential of computing for producing behavioral changes.

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Series: Personal and ubiquitous computing
ISSN: 1617-4909
ISSN-E: 1617-4917
ISSN-L: 1617-4909
Volume: 17
Issue: 6
Pages: 1223 - 1235
DOI: 10.1007/s00779-012-0591-5
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: I wish to thank Academy of Finland and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation for financially supporting this research, as well as all of my doctoral students for their help in my research endeavors over this topic.
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