Spatio-temporal and contextual cues to support reflection in physical activity tracking

Deemah Alqahtani, Caroline Jay, Markel Vigo

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Physical activity reconstruction is a process whereby self-trackers reflect on their physical activities and goals in an episodic fashion by recalling a series of past experiences and events. Tracking tools often include spatio-temporal cues (i.e. maps and timelines) to provide further context to these physical activity patterns, yet little is known about whether these features actually aid reflection. Here, we report a four-week user study (N=26) run with FitReconstruct, an app that fosters reconstruction of physical activity data using spatio-temporal and contextual cues to support recall of episodic information. We found that compared to a baseline version, presenting spatio-temporal and contextual cues increased the quality of reflection and user satisfaction. These findings inform design recommendations to support explicit reflective prompts in physical activity tracking apps.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102865
JournalInternational Journal of Human-Computer Studies
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2022


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