Mind the Body! Designing a Mobile Stress Management Application Encouraging Personal Reflection
2010 (English)In: Designing Interactive Systems, ACM Press , 2010Conference paper (Other academic)
We have designed a stress management biofeedback mobile service for everyday use, aiding users to reflect on both positive and negative patterns in their behavior. To do so, we embarked on a complex multidisciplinary design journey, learning that: detrimental stress results from complex processes related to e.g. the subjective experience of being able to cope (or not) and can therefore not be measured and diagnosed solely as a bodily state. We learnt that it is difficult, sometimes impossible, to make a robust analysis of stress symptoms based on biosensors worn outside the laboratory environment they were designed for. We learnt that rather than trying to diagnose stress, it is better to mirror short-term stress reactions back to them, inviting their own interpretations and reflections. Finally, we identified several experiential qualities that such an interface should entail: ambiguity and openness to interpretation, interactive history of prior states, fluency and aliveness.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ACM Press , 2010.
stress management, bio-sensors
Research subject Man-Machine-Interaction (MMI)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-51953DOI: 10.1145/1858171.1858182ISBN: 978-1-4503-0103-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-51953DiVA: diva2:386435