A transformational product to improve self-control strength: The Chocolate Machine

Item Type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Abstract

Lack of self-control is at the heart of many undesirable behaviors, such as overeating, overspending, and evenoverworking. While the field of persuasive technologies explicitly searches for ways to change attitudes and behaviors, it more or less neglects the science of self-control. We present the Chocolate Machine, an interactive device to train self-control strength based upon Ego Depletion theory. A longitudinal, control-group, field study showed the machine to increase self-control strength over time, while providing a sustained positive experience. This makes the machine a Transformational Product, aimed at facilitating the realization of behaviors, people findworthwhile, but hard to implement.

Authors Kehr, Flavius; Hassenzahl, Marc; Laschke, Matthias & Diefenbach, Sarah
Language English
Subjects social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 5 May 2012
Publisher ACM
Place of Publication New York
Page Range 689-694
Number of Pages 6
Title of Book CHI 2012 : it's the experience!
Event Title The 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Event Location Austin, Texas
Event Dates 05.-10.05.2012
ISBN 978-1-4503-1016-1
Official URL http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2207774&CFID=766...
Depositing User Flavius Kehr
Date Deposited 22 Nov 2013 11:29
Last Modified 24 May 2017 12:10
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/227491

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Kehr, Flavius; Hassenzahl, Marc; Laschke, Matthias & Diefenbach, Sarah: A transformational product to improve self-control strength: The Chocolate Machine. 2012. - The 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. - Austin, Texas.

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