Understanding the experience of situated mindfulness through a mobile app that prompts self-reflection and directs non-reactivity

Ralph Vacca, Christopher Hoadley

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Abstract

This paper explores how mobile technology may be able to activate and support mindfulness states while users are situated in everyday life. Interviews with users on the use of a mobile app that was designed to prompt selfreflection and direct non-reactivity, suggest that activating situated mindfulness, may lead to differences in the kind of self-reflection individuals engage in. In addition, a situated approach may alter the way in which we engage in being nonjudgmental and non-reactive, bringing the focus to the contents of mental events rather than the process. This paper concludes with implications for the design of mobile technology seeking to prompt and support mindfulness states while situated in everyday life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationMethods, Techniques, and Best Practices - 10th International Conference, UAHCI 2016 and Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Proceedings
EditorsMargherita Antona, Constantine Stephanidis
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages394-405
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319402499
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event10th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2016 and Held as Part 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: Jul 17 2016Jul 22 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9737
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other10th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2016 and Held as Part 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period7/17/167/22/16

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Keywords

  • Emotional health
  • Mindfulness
  • Mobile learning
  • Persuasive design
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-reflection
  • Situated cognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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Vacca, R., & Hoadley, C. (2016). Understanding the experience of situated mindfulness through a mobile app that prompts self-reflection and directs non-reactivity. In M. Antona, & C. Stephanidis (Eds.), Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction: Methods, Techniques, and Best Practices - 10th International Conference, UAHCI 2016 and Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Proceedings (pp. 394-405). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 9737). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40250-5_38