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Go and grow: Mapping personal data to a living plant

Botros, F., Perin, C., Aseniero, B.A. & Carpendale, S. (2016). Go and grow: Mapping personal data to a living plant. In: AVI '16 Proceedings of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces. (pp. 112-119). New York, NY, United States: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2909132.2909267


Motivation is a key factor for introducing and maintaining healthy changes in behaviour. However, typical visualization methods (e.g., bar-, pie-, and line charts) hardly motivate individuals. We investigate how a plant - a living visualization - whose health relies on the plant owner's level of activity, can engage people in tracking and self-reflecting on their fitness data. To address this question, we designed, implemented, and studied Go & Grow, a living plant that receives water proportionally to its owner's activity. Our six-week qualitative study with ten participants suggests that living visualizations have qualities that their digital counterparts do not have. This includes people feeling: Emotionally connected to their plant; sentiments such as pride and guilt; and responsibility towards their plant. Based on this study, we introduce the Goal Motivation Model, a model considering the diversity of individuals, thus supporting and encouraging a diversity of strategies for accomplishing goals.

Publication Type: Book Section
Publisher Keywords: Fitness, Living Visualization, Personal Visualization, Plant
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > giCentre
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