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Technology and Health - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128169582, 9780128169599

Technology and Health

1st Edition

Promoting Attitude and Behavior Change

Editors: Jihyun Kim Hayeon Song
eBook ISBN: 9780128169599
Paperback ISBN: 9780128169582
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 6th March 2020
Page Count: 428
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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

Part I: Theory and its Application for Health Promotion
1. The Use of Interactive Technologies in Health Promotion and Education: Theorizing Potential Interaction Between Health Message Content and Message Modality
Kai Kuang
2. Digital Embodiment and Improving Health Outcomes: Healthy Avatars Make for Healthy People
Jorge Peña, Benjamin J. Li and Rabindra Ratan
3. Avatar Embodiment Experiences to Enhance Mental Health
Laura Aymerich-Franch
4. 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

Part II: VR + AR: Technology for Health in Virtual World
5. Virtual Reality as a Promising Tool to Promote Climate Change Awareness
Géraldine Fauville, Anna Carolina Muller Queiroz, and Jeremy Bailenson
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
7. Clinical Applications of Virtual Reality in Patient-Centered Care
Swati Pandita and Andrea Stevenson Won

Part III: MHealth: Mobile Technology for Health
8. Theoretical Advances in Mobile Health Communication Research: An Empowerment Approach to Self-Management
Nicola Brew-Sam and Arul Chib
9. Health Goes Mobile: State-of-the-Art and Future Research Agenda
Isabell Koinig and Sandra Diehl
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
11. The Effectiveness and Moderators of Mobile Applications for Health Behavior Change
Stephanie Kay Van Stee and Qinghua Yang
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
13. Beyond Liking: Inspiring User-Generated Content for Health Promotion
Heather J. Hether and Christopher Calabrese
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 Technology Changes our Mind and Behavior
15. Innovative Health Interventions at the Intersection of Neuroimaging and Multimedia Design
Jacob T. Fisher and Rene Weber
16. Using Persuasive Messages to Increase Engagement with Mental Health Video Game Apps
Subuhi Khan and Jorge Peña
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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6th March 2020
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About the Editors

Jihyun Kim

Jihyun Kim (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) 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) 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


"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

"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



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