Self-reflecting and mindfulness: Cultivating curiosity and decentering situated in everyday life

Ralph Vacca, Christopher Hoadley

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Research on the use of mobile to promote mindfulness states is still relatively nascent, especially when exploring how such states can be cultivated in everyday life, outside of meditation-based approaches. In this study we investigate the design of a mobile app that seeks to cultivate mindfulness states situated in everyday life. Using reminders to prompt self-reflection and breathing exercises to prompt body awareness, we sought to address the overarching question – how can we design towards mindfulness situated in everyday living and how might it change what we mean by mindfulness? Our findings suggest that mobile-based approaches can promote curiosity and decentering through self-reflection, and that the valence and likelihood of experiencing certain mental events may influence how self-reflection is experienced, which in turn influences curiosity and decentering factors of mindfulness states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPersuasive Technology - 11th International Conference, PERSUASIVE 2016, Proceedings
EditorsManfred Tscheligi, Boris De Ruyter, Alexander Meschtscherjakov, Verena Fuchsberger, Martin Murer, Manfred Tscheligi
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319315096
StatePublished - 2016
Event11th International Conference on Persuasive Technology, PERSUASIVE 2016 - Salzburg, Austria
Duration: Apr 5 2016Apr 7 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other11th International Conference on Persuasive Technology, PERSUASIVE 2016


  • Curiosity
  • Decentering
  • Emotional health
  • Mindfulness
  • Mobile learning
  • Persuasive design
  • Self-reflection
  • Situated context

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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