User Models for Motivational Systems

Floriana Grasso, Jaap Ham, Judith Masthoff

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The idea that a computer system could be used to motivate people to perform a certain task on the basis of a user model is certainly not novel. As early as the 80s, intelligent tutoring systems would encourage students to learn by means of tailored feedback and hints [24], and in the 90s patient education systems would attempt to address the problem of compliance to a medical regimen by means of information and personalised advice [1] or would encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles [19]. It is however only recently that a number of, seemingly non correlated, extensive research efforts, from various perspectives, have started to focus on a more complex cognitive model of rational and extra-rational features, involving emotions, persuasion, motivation and argumentation. We can distinguish three parallel strands of research that have become prominent.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUMAP 2011 Workshops
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-28509-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-28508-0
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAdvances in User Modeling, UMAP 2011 Workshops - Girona, Spain
Duration: 11 Jul 2012 → …

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceAdvances in User Modeling, UMAP 2011 Workshops
Period11/07/12 → …


  • motivational systems
  • persuasive technology
  • argumentation


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