Technology and Health - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128169582

Technology and Health

1st Edition

Promoting Attitude and Behavior Change

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Editors: Jihyun Kim Hayeon Song
Paperback ISBN: 9780128169582
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 2nd March 2020
Page Count: 432
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Technology and Health: Promoting Attitude and Behavior Change examines how technology can be used to promote healthier attitudes and behavior. The book discusses technology as a tool to deliver media content. This book synthesizes theory-driven research with implications for research and practice. It covers a range of theories and technology in diverse health contexts. The book covers why and how specific technologies, such as virtual reality, augmented reality, mobile games, and social media, are effective in promoting good health. The book additionally suggests how technology should be designed, utilized, and evaluated for health interventions.

Key Features

  • Includes new technologies to improve both mental and physical health
  • Examines technologies in relation to cognitive change
  • Discusses persuasion as a tool for behavioral and attitudinal changes
  • Provides theoretical frameworks for the effective use of technology


Researchers in psychology, health, communications, information technology, and medicine

Table of Contents


Gary L. Kreps


Jihyun Kim and Hayeon Song

Author the Editors

About the Authors

Part I: Theory and its Application for Health Promotion

Chapter 1

The Use of Interactive Technologies in Health Promotion and Education: Theorizing Potential Interaction Between Health Message Content and Message Modality

Kai Kuang

Chapter 2

Age-Sensitive Wellbeing Support: Design of Interactive Technologies that Modulate Internal-External Attentional Focus for Improved Cognitive Balance and Behavioral Effectiveness

John Waterworth, Mark Chignell and Henry Moller

Chapter 3

Avatar Embodiment Experiences to Enhance Mental Health

Laura Aymerich-Franch

Chapter 4

Digital Embodiment and Improving Health Outcomes: Healthy Avatars Make for Healthy People

Jorge Peña, Benjamin J. Li and Rabindra Ratan

Part II: VR + AR: Technology for Health in Virtual World

Chapter 5

Immersive Virtual Reality for Environmental Literacy

Géraldine Fauville, Jeremy Bailenson and Anna Carolina Muller Queiroz

Chapter 6

Augmented Reality in Health and Medicine: A Review of Augmented Reality Application for Health Professionals, Procedures, and Behavioral Interventions

Tony Liao, Pamara F. Chang and SongYi Lee

Chapter 7

Clinical Applications of Virtual Reality in Patient Centered Care

Swati Pandita and Andrea Stevenson Won

Part III: MHealth: Mobile Technology for Health

Chapter 8

Theoretical Advances in Mobile Health Communication Research: An Empowerment Approach to Self-Management

Nicola Brew-Sam and Arul Chib

Chapter 9

Health Goes Mobile: State of the Art and Future Research Agenda

Isabell Koinig and Sandra Diehl

Chapter 10

At the Nexus of Participatory Design and Action Research: Use of a Public Online Forum in Designing Text Messages for Dads

Emily M. Cramer and Alexis K. Marsh

Chapter 11

The Effectiveness and Moderators of Mobile Applications for Health Behavior Change

Stephanie Kay Van Stee and Qinghua Yang

Chapter 12

The Impact of mHealth Interventions: Improving Health Outcomes Through Narratives, Mixed Methods and Data Mining Strategies

Rebecca K. Britt, Jessica Maddox, Shaheen Kanthawala and Jameson Hayes

Part IV: Social Media: Networked Technology for Health

Chapter 13

Beyond #liking: Inspiring User-Generated Content for Health Promotion

Heather J. Hether and Christopher Calabrese

Chapter 14

Revisiting the Social Enhancement and Social Compensation Hypotheses in the Social Media Era: Evidence from a Two-wave Panel Study

Chul-joo Lee, Jeong-woo Jang, Macarena Pena-y-Lillo and Ningxin Wang

Part V: How Tecchnology Changes our Mind and Behavior

Chapter 15

Innovative Health Interventions at the Intersection of Neuroimaging and Multimedia Design

Jacob T. Fisher and Rene Weber

Chapter 16

Using Persuasive Messages to Increase Engagement with Mental Health Video Game Apps

Subuhi Khan and Jorge Peña

Chapter 17

The Role of Interactivity in New Media-based Health Communication: Testing the Interaction Among Interactivity, Threat, and Efficacy

Kai Kuang


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About the Editor

Jihyun Kim

Jihyun Kim (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012) is an Assistant Professor in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media at the University of Central Florida in the United States. Her primary research interests are focused on (a) social and psychological effects and implications of new media/communication technologies for meaningful outcomes (e.g., health, education, enjoyment) and (b) a theoretical notion of presence (particularly, social presence) in a technology-mediated environment.

Affiliations and Expertise

Nicholson School of Communication and Media, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA

Hayeon Song

Hayeon Song (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2008) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Interaction Science at SungKyunkwan University in South Korea. She studies ways to use new media as persuasive and educational vehicle in the context of health. She is particularly interested in the psychological effects of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and social media focusing on the theoretical concept of presence. Her most recent research focuses on the artificial agent helping seniors manage their mental health.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Interaction Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea


"Written in an engaging and entertaining style, this edited book on health communication and technology covers a broad range of theories . . . in the context of health. If you are interested in theoretical and practical implications of new information and communication technologies on our health attitude and behavior, this book is a must read." --Kwan M. Lee, Korea Foundation Professor in CKS and New Media, Nanyang Technological University


"Gratefully, this book takes several giant steps toward helping readers make sense of the communication functions of new health information technologies. . . . I hope you enjoy reading and using this important book as much as I have!"--Gary Kreps, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Communication, George Mason University

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