Technology and Health

Technology and Health

Promoting Attitude and Behavior Change

1st Edition - March 6, 2020

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  • Editors: Jihyun Kim, Hayeon Song
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128169599
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128169582

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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

  • Foreword
    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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 428
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: March 6, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128169599
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128169582

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

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