Understanding the Experience of Situated Mindfulness Through a Mobile App That Prompts Self-reflection and Directs Non-reactivity

  • Ralph VaccaEmail author
  • Christopher Hoadley
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9737)


This paper explores how mobile technology may be able to activate and support mindfulness states while users are situated in everyday life. Interviews with users on the use of a mobile app that was designed to prompt self-reflection and direct non-reactivity, suggest that activating situated mindfulness, may lead to differences in the kind of self-reflection individuals engage in. In addition, a situated approach may alter the way in which we engage in being non-judgmental and non-reactive, bringing the focus to the contents of mental events rather than the process. This paper concludes with implications for the design of mobile technology seeking to prompt and support mindfulness states while situated in everyday life.


Mindfulness Situated cognition Self-reflection Self-awareness Emotional health Persuasive design Mobile learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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