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Digital Humanities Lab

Games Play and Identity

Promoting Effective Intentions: Volitional Scaffolding, Implementation, Intentions, and Bedtime Procastinating


Project Leader: Joel Anderson
Financier: Philips Research, NWO
Partners: STW, NIHC, Philips
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The project aims to develop, in collaboration with Philips Research, effective and ethical software applications that individuals can use as “scaffolding” (assistive supports) to reduce their tendency to procrastinate about health-related behaviors – in particular, the tendency to put off going to bed even when what they “really want” is to get a good night of sleep. The project will be carried out by an interdisciplinary team that includes experimental psychologists from the Utrecht’s “Self-Regulation Lab” as well as philosophers specialized in moral psychology, personal autonomy, and the ethics of human-machine interaction.