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SnapAppy: A positive psychology intervention using smartphone photography to improve emotional well-being

Lee, James Alexander, Efstratiou, Christos, Siriaraya, Panote, Sharma, Dinkar, Ang, Chee Siang (2021) SnapAppy: A positive psychology intervention using smartphone photography to improve emotional well-being. Pervasive and Mobile Computing, . ISSN 1574-1192. (doi:10.1016/j.pmcj.2021.101369) (KAR id:87300)

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Momentary photography is enjoyed by many smartphone users, especially with the popularity of apps such as Snapchat and Instagram. Many traditional positive psychology interventions focus on lengthy writing tasks to express positive emotions experienced during past events, acts of kindness and gratuitous situations. In this work we developed SnapAppy, a smartphone application to integrate momentary photography with traditional intervention methodologies to conduct a month-long positive psychology intervention to improve emotional well-being. A study involving 74 participants aimed to assess whether photo-taking, photo viewing and image contents are correlated with improvements in certain aspects of the participant’s emotional well-being including their mood, affect and satisfaction with life. The results indicated that features including the number of photos, the variety of categories, the effort applied to annotating photos, the number of photos revisited and photos taken of people were positively correlated with an improvement in the participant’s mood and positive and negative affect (PANAS).

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.pmcj.2021.101369
Uncontrolled keywords: Smartphone photography, Positive psychology intervention, Mental well-being, Mood, Emotion, Affect, Gratitude, Kindness
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming, > QA76.9.H85 Human computer interaction
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Christos Efstratiou
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 09:51 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2022 00:00 UTC
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