A new research project out of Loma Linda, with co-investigators from Northeastern University (Boston, MA) and University of Bath (UK) entitled “The Impact of Gameful Design on Sedentary Adults’ Motivation for Physical Activity and Physical Activity Levels” is being lead by Loma Linda University School of Public Health assistant professor Dr. Ernesto Medina, and Ms. Dominique Wakefield, a PhD candidate at the University of Bath and assistant professor at La Sierra University (La Sierra, CA).
[Photo: Dr. Ernesto Medina]
“The concept of gamification has shown potential for increasing user engagement, user activity, user productivity and social interactions; however, many gamefully designed activity tools have not been properly evaluated,” the study screening website states. The researches would like to explore novel and effective ways for people to become more motivated to exercise.
“I’m excited about this research because when I used to work in the clinical setting… I would get asked all the time what digital tools were effective and based on sound theory and research, and sadly, there wasn’t a lot of evidence showing that these tools really worked,” says Dr. Medina. “We hope our research will give this kind of information that both healthcare professionals and the public can use to make informed decisions.”
The study is IRB-approved through all three institutions, and is looking for participants that meet certain criteria (as listed on the website).
For more information about the study, visit http://phdresearch2014.webs.com/info-screening