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      Service–Please: an interactive healthy eating serious game application for tablet computer

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      The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction

      12 - 14 September 2012

      Healthy Eating, Serious Games, Pervasive Computing, Tablet Computers, Marmalade, iPad

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            Abstract

            While everyone knows that we should eat healthily, translating such information into practice is a major challenge for many of us when it comes to eating well. So despite a huge increase in awareness of the implications of food-choices, obesity levels in the UK continue to increase. In this paper, we present a novel application designed to deliver psychological ‘Approach Avoidance’ training in a serious games format. Developed for tablet computers, gameplay requires players to repeatedly push unhealthy food icons away, and pull healthy food icons towards themselves. The hypothesis for the overall project is that repeated push away gestures will produce an implicit avoidance bias towards unhealthy foods, reducing players’ tendency to consume them. Previous research using a joystick controlled PC training regime has shown success with alcohol choices, however the current project offers the potential for a pervasive game based intervention using a tablet and gestures making such training more readily accessible.

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            Contributors
            Conference
            September 2012
            September 2012
            : 381-385
            Affiliations
            [0001]University of Abertay Dundee

            Bell St. Dundee, DD1 1HG
            [0002]School of Medicine & Dentistry

            University of Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD
            [0003]Health Economics Research Unit

            University of Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD
            [0004]Mathematical & Computer Sciences

            Heriot-Watt University, EH14 4AS
            [0005]University of Abertay Dundee
            [0006]Quartic Llama, 40 Bell St, Dundee
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/HCI2012.55
            0fe98e50-50a2-42aa-a2fd-780b390a42ee
            © Kenneth C. Scott-Brown et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Birmingham, UK

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            The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction
            HCI
            26
            Birmingham, UK
            12 - 14 September 2012
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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