Anton Lecock, PhD in the Arts

The development and adoption of mobile health (mHealth, using mobile communication devices and wearable devices for health services, information, and data collection) is rising rapidly. However, despite an abundance of literature on health behavior, behavior change, and motivational psychology, it is not always clear for (health app) information designers how to translate these theoretical models and constructs into actionable, motivational features. To bridge the gap between motivational information design features and psychological theories, this research aims to develop a set of dyadic lenses and the design of two mHealth apps. The lens of features offers designers a description at the implementation level. The lens of theories presents an accessible explanation of the health theory. Essential is that each lens offers cross-links: the lens of features links to the different theoretical concepts that ground the feature. The lens of theories cross-links to the different features that operationalize the theory or construct through information design. In this research, we first aim to work on the development of the dyadic lenses, i.e. the selection of the features and mapping the design options. Finally, we aim to produce and present two concrete, workable designs in mHealth applications (app, information visualization) which in return will equally serve for the evaluation and implementation of the dyadic lenses of motivational features.

  • Supervisor: Dr. Steven Devleminck (KU Leuven / LUCA)
  • Co-supervisor: Vero Vanden Abeele (Computer Science Technology, Group T Leuven Campus)

Research unit Intermedia

Duration: 2020 - 2024