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Break the Habit! Designing an e-Therapy Intervention Using a Virtual Coach in Aid of Smoking Cessation

  • Jorne Grolleman
  • Betsy van Dijk
  • Anton Nijholt
  • Andrée van Emst
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3962)

Abstract

E-therapy offers new means to support smokers during their attempt to quit. An embodied conversational agent can support people as a virtual coach on the internet. In this paper requirements are formulated for such a virtual coach and a global design is proposed. The requirements and the design are based on an extensive analysis of the practice of individual coaching of the Dutch organization STIVORO. In addition, the outcomes of a survey research measuring the acceptance of such a virtual coach by a potential user group are described.

Keywords

Smoking Cessation Facial Expression Health Promotion Program Conversational Agent Global Design 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorne Grolleman
    • 1
  • Betsy van Dijk
    • 1
  • Anton Nijholt
    • 1
  • Andrée van Emst
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Media Interaction, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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