We held the first journal club meeting of the new year in our shiny new office on the third floor of the MHT building, overlooking the bypass, a McDonalds and some train tracks. We got together to discuss persuasive technology. We have a number of projects that loosely fall into this field so it was good to talk through some stuff that we have recently been thinking about.
The main paper under discussion was by Consolvo et al (2009) and was presented at CHI that year. Available here We all had quite a lot to say about this paper and I think the general consensus was that while there were some interesting points included about incorporating theoretical approaches in design, that the evaluation (as appears to be the norm in this field) left a lot to be desired.
We also had a quick look at the UK governments interesting recent ‘nudge unit’ document and considered how it relates to this topic.
Rather shockingly, no cakes were harmed in the making of this blog post.