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Cyber Buddy is Better than No Buddy: A Test of the Köhler Motivation Effect in Exergames.

Feltz, Deborah L., Forlenza, Samuel T., Winn, Brian, Kerr, Norbert L. (2014) Cyber Buddy is Better than No Buddy: A Test of the Köhler Motivation Effect in Exergames. Games for Health Journal, 3 (2). pp. 98-105. ISSN 2161-783X. E-ISSN 2161-7856. (doi:10.1089/g4h.2013.0088) (KAR id:41319)

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Objective: Although exergames are popular, few people take advantage of the potential of group dynamics to

motivating greater effort in partnered exergames: The Koehler effect (working at a task with a more capable partner

demonstrated in an exergame by exercising with a moderately superior humanoid, software-generated partner.

of plank exercises using ‘‘CyBuddy Exercise,’’ a program developed speci?cally for this study. In a lab in an

to complete the same exercises again, but with a ‘‘live’’ human partner (HP) presented virtually, a nearlyhuman-like,

control condition (IC), with equal numbers in each group (i.e., n = 30). Exercise persistence, perceived exertion,

Results: A 4X2 analysis of variance on the (Block 2 – Block 1) difference scores showed that a signi?cant

greater with HPs than with either NHP or HHP humanoid partners (P < 0.05). By the conclusion of the

enjoyment, or future intentions to exercise.

exergames, but not as strongly as a partner who is thought to be human.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1089/g4h.2013.0088
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] Cyber Partners: Harnessing Group Dynamics to Boost Motivation to Exercise
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Norbert Kerr
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2014 18:58 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:39 UTC
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