Mindtrek conference 2018 10-11 October 2018, Tampere Hall, Tampere, Finland

workshop webpage

The workshop aims to create a design framework for social comparison (a social influence aspect / psychological theory). The social comparison theory supports that in lack of objective measurements, people compare themselves to others similar to them in order to evaluate their skills, abilities, and in general to understand better themselves. The framework will address a gap in current research focused on the design space of social comparison for health and wellbeing behavior change technologies. The workshop participants are invited to share their experiences and viewpoints on designing behavior change technology using social influence (the influence of others on once behavior). This can include, for example, practical cases or design ideas. These ideas will be consolidated through a framework skeleton pre-constructed by organizers through a literature review and past research.

Organizers: Vasiliki Mylonopoulou, Minna Isomursu (canceled), Karin Väyrynen (canceled)

Paula Alavesa will replace Minna Isomursu and Karin Väyrynen during the workshop.

Benefits for the Participants

The target audience of the workshop are researchers and design practitioners who are interested in the use of behavior change techniques in health and wellbeing. The workshop will facilitate the sharing of experiences on aspects that need to be considered when designing social influence features in technologies that support health behavior change, focusing on social comparison. This will result in a deeper understanding on Social Comparison theory and its different roles in health, wellbeing, and coping in life. The participants will take part in the co-creation of a design framework, which addresses aspects of designing for social comparison, informed from four different perspectives: literature, healthcare professionals, designers, and users. The collaborative work and sharing of experiences will provide opportunities for giving and receiving feedback in a constructive and supportive environment.

More details on the schedule and the organizers can be found at the workshop's webpage


This publication has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions grant agreement no. 676201 - CHESS - Connected Health Early Stage Researcher Support System.