Category Archives: Readings

The real problem (as I see it)

Last spring, when I was writing my thesis proposal, I searched for research in the field of design about creating persuasive communications for environmental causes. I found very little. This is not to say that such research doesn’t exist, but … Continue reading

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Model: Behavioral Predictors

P. Wesley Schultz wrote a chapter in New Tools and Environmental Protection entitled “Knowledge, Information, and Household Recycling: Examining the Knowledge-Deficit Model of Behavior Change.” Here, he brings up the idea that characteristics that predict behavior can be divided into … Continue reading

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Thesis readings on the whiteboard

I began filling a whiteboard with my thesis readings. So far, I have 27 separate readings, of which I have read 19 (8 to go, and I’m sure there will be more to come!). My thesis topic lies at the … Continue reading

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The ethics of persuasion

I recently read “Captology: A Critical Review” by Bernardine M.C. Atkinson, in PERSUASIVE 2006, pages 171-182, W. IJsselsteijn et al. (eds). Atkinson looks at B.J. Fogg’s Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do. She outlines the … Continue reading

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September 23 thesis meeting

Today during our group meeting we discussed some of the literature we’ve been reading. Although I have somewhat refined my thesis to deal less with persuasion and more with presenting information, my readings during the past few weeks have been … Continue reading

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Reading list posted

My reading list is now posted, and I’ve begun (slowly) adding summaries of my readings to this blog as individual pages. The summaries can be found by using the drop-down menu under “Reading List,” or by clicking on the links … Continue reading

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