Designing for positive health affect: Decoupling negative emotion and health monitoring technologies


Published in: 2013 7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare and Workshops

Through various health-focused technology projects, we discovered that the emotional response to technology was related to uptake and sustained use of health monitoring technologies. In this paper we present a case study of how we synthesized constructs of social cognitive theory, technology as experience, and diabetes management guidelines as a framework for making design recommendations for blood glucose monitoring technology that address the emotional response of users. We suggest applying this theoretical lens for design may help attend to emotional responses of users in an effort to decouple strong negative emotions that are paired to health monitoring technologies that provide a single value health result.

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Date of Conference: 05-08 May 2013 Date Added to IEEE Xplore: 22 July 2013 DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2013.252116 Publisher: IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Conference Location: Venice, Italy