Puzzle walk: A gamified mobile app to increase physical activity in adults with autism spectrum disorder

Daehyoung Lee, Georgia Frey, Alison Cheng, Patrick C. Shih

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Abstract

Research shows that adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are less physically active than those without ASD. Persuasive augmented reality smartphone apps may be an effective intervention to target this health disparity. A gamified mobile app, Puzzle Walk was developed to elevate physical activity (PA) engagement in the target population following an iterative user-centered design process, including a literature review, identification of target behaviors, needs analysis, health behavior theory evaluation, and prototype design. We found that walking is the most common form of PA in the target users and they have an affinity to using technology devices. These insights led us to design the Puzzle Walk app that incorporates behavior change techniques (BCTs) (e.g., user instruction, self-monitoring, visual rewards, feedback on performance, and goal-setting). We describe the emerged design that includes animated gamification and visualized user interfaces. The usability assessment plan is discussed as future work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 10th International Conference on Virtual Worlds and Games for Serious Applications, VS-Games 2018 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538671238
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 15 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Virtual Worlds and Games for Serious Applications, VS-Games 2018 - Wurzburg, Germany
Duration: Sep 5 2018Sep 7 2018

Publication series

Name2018 10th International Conference on Virtual Worlds and Games for Serious Applications, VS-Games 2018 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Virtual Worlds and Games for Serious Applications, VS-Games 2018
CountryGermany
CityWurzburg
Period9/5/189/7/18

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research has been supported by the Indiana University Collaborative Research Grants program.

Keywords

  • Augmented reality
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Behavior change techniques
  • Gamification
  • Physical activity

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