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Title: Inhibition training using smartphone technology
Author: Cranwell, Joanne
ISNI:       0000 0004 5359 4324
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2014
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Human self-regulation has, throughout time, been held as one of the most centrally important human virtues. Those who are prone to lapses in self control may be at risk of exposure to a myriad of individual problems such as alcoholism, drug addiction and gambling. The impact of poor self-control also extends far beyond the individual and is responsible for a wide range of economic problems globally and in the United Kingdom (UK). The ubiquity and ever evolving computing power of the mobile phone now affords greater opportunities for behaviour change professionals to design and deliver self-control interventions as people go about their everyday life. Better understanding of how people interact with these technologies and accept such interventions will help professionals to design mobile applications to support good self-control. First, based on an energy or strength model of self-control, the work in thesis presents evidence that self-control resources can be strengthened through regular discrete bouts of exercise (response inhibition training) using smartphone technology, as reported in two longitudinal self-control training studies. Second, insight into how patticipants interacted with the teclmology used to deliver the intervention was gained through a series of post-training interviews. Third, through recorded focus groups, lay perceptions of self-control are explored to see if participant conceptualisations of self-control can help inform the content and design of future mobile training interventions. Finally, this thesis concludes with a general discussion of the thesis findings. Broadly, the work presented centres on the effect of the training, the efficacy and acceptance of the mode of delivery of the intervention, and providing insight for future interventions by delivering a core set of guidelines essential for future designers. The research addresses gaps in the ego-depletion literature and contributes to the advancement of theory and practice.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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