Mind the theoretical gap: Interpreting, using, and developing behavioral theory in HCI research

Eric B. Hekler, Predrag Klasnja, Jon E. Froehlich, Matthew Buman

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Abstract

Researchers in HCI and behavioral science are increasingly exploring the use of technology to support behavior change in domains such as health and sustainability. This work, however, remain largely siloed within the two communities. We begin to address this silo problem by attempting to build a bridge between the two disciplines at the level of behavioral theory. Specifically, we define core theoretical terms to create shared understanding about what theory is, discuss ways in which behavioral theory can be used to inform research on behavior change technologies, identify shortcomings in current behavioral theories, and outline ways in which HCI researchers can not only interpret and utilize behavioral science theories but also contribute to improving them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Pages3307-3316
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Changing Perspectives, CHI 2013 - Paris, France
Duration: Apr 27 2013May 2 2013

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Other31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Changing Perspectives, CHI 2013
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period4/27/135/2/13

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Human computer interaction
Sustainable development
Health

Keywords

  • Behavior change
  • Behavior change technologies
  • Behavioral science
  • Health
  • Persuasive technology
  • Sustainability
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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Hekler, E. B., Klasnja, P., Froehlich, J. E., & Buman, M. (2013). Mind the theoretical gap: Interpreting, using, and developing behavioral theory in HCI research. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings (pp. 3307-3316) https://doi.org/10.1145/2470654.2466452

Mind the theoretical gap : Interpreting, using, and developing behavioral theory in HCI research. / Hekler, Eric B.; Klasnja, Predrag; Froehlich, Jon E.; Buman, Matthew.

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. 2013. p. 3307-3316.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Hekler, EB, Klasnja, P, Froehlich, JE & Buman, M 2013, Mind the theoretical gap: Interpreting, using, and developing behavioral theory in HCI research. in Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. pp. 3307-3316, 31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Changing Perspectives, CHI 2013, Paris, France, 4/27/13. https://doi.org/10.1145/2470654.2466452
Hekler EB, Klasnja P, Froehlich JE, Buman M. Mind the theoretical gap: Interpreting, using, and developing behavioral theory in HCI research. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. 2013. p. 3307-3316 https://doi.org/10.1145/2470654.2466452
Hekler, Eric B. ; Klasnja, Predrag ; Froehlich, Jon E. ; Buman, Matthew. / Mind the theoretical gap : Interpreting, using, and developing behavioral theory in HCI research. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. 2013. pp. 3307-3316
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