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Efficient and effective change principles in active videogames

Straker, Leon M., Fenner, Ashley A., Howie, Erin K., Feltz, Deborah L., Gray, Cindy M., Lu, Amy Shirong, Mueller, Florian, Simons, Monique and Barnett, Lisa M. 2015, Efficient and effective change principles in active videogames, Games for health journal, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 43-52, doi: 10.1089/g4h.2014.0077.

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Title Efficient and effective change principles in active videogames
Author(s) Straker, Leon M.
Fenner, Ashley A.
Howie, Erin K.
Feltz, Deborah L.
Gray, Cindy M.
Lu, Amy Shirong
Mueller, Florian
Simons, Monique
Barnett, Lisa M.ORCID iD for Barnett, Lisa M. orcid.org/0000-0002-9731-625X
Journal name Games for health journal
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 43
End page 52
Total pages 10
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert
Place of publication New Rochelle, N.Y.
Publication date 2015-01
ISSN 2161-783X
2161-7856
Summary Active videogames have the potential to enhance population levels of physical activity but have not been successful in achieving this aim to date. This article considers a range of principles that may be important to the design of effective and efficient active videogames from diverse discipline areas, including behavioral sciences (health behavior change, motor learning, and serious games), business production (marketing and sales), and technology engineering and design (human–computer interaction/ergonomics and flow). Both direct and indirect pathways to impact on population levels of habitual physical activity are proposed, along with the concept of a game use lifecycle. Examples of current active and sedentary electronic games are used to understand how such principles may be applied. Furthermore, limitations of the current usage of theoretical principles are discussed. A suggested list of principles for best practice in active videogame design is proposed along with suggested research ideas to inform practice to enhance physical activity.
Language eng
DOI 10.1089/g4h.2014.0077
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Mary Ann Liebert
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079980

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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