- Oxford Library of Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Storytelling and Media: Narrative Models from Aristotle to Augmented Reality
- Arguing for Media Psychology as a Distinct Field
- Media Psychology and Its History
- Inside <i>Media Psychology:</i> The Story of an Emerging Discipline as Told by a Leading Journal
- Media Literacy: History, Progress, and Future Hopes
- Research Methods, Design, and Statistics in Media Psychology
- Qualitative Research and Media Psychology
- Why It Is Hard To Believe That Media Violence Causes Aggression
- Children's Media Use: A Positive Psychology Approach
- The Role of Emotion in Media Use and Effects
- Media Violence, Desensitization, and Psychological Engagement
- Sexual Media Practice: How Adolescents Select, Engage with, and Are Affected by Sexual Media
- Race, Ethnicity, and the Media
- Representations of Gender in the Media
- The Psychology Underlying Media-Based Persuasion
- Social Influence in Virtual Environments
- Active Video Games: Impacts and Research
- Serious Games: What Are They? What Do They Do? Why Should We Play Them?
- Violent Video Games and Aggression
- Children, Adolescents, and the Internet: Are There Risks Online?
- Pathological Technology Addictions: What Is Scientifically Known and What Remains to Be Learned
- Video Games and Attention
- A General Framework for Media Psychology Scholarship
- Engaging with Stories and Characters: Learning, Persuasion, and Transportation into Narrative Worlds
- The Political Narrative of Children's Media Research
- Media Psychophysiology: The Brain and Beyond
- The Japanese Approach to Research on the Psychological Effects of Media Use
- Media Content Analysis: Qualitative Methods
- Media Psychology: Past, Present, and Future
Abstract and Keywords
Exergames, or games that encourage physical activity, have several documented benefits for users, including increase of daily physical activity, and the potential for game players to reach moderate and even vigorous levels of activity. In addition to physiological impacts, exergames can affect social and psychosocial attributes, such as interest in exergaming, adherence, and motivation. Although research on this new field is in the early stages, this chapter summarizes research findings, giving particular attention to exergaming’s potential in medical, school, and community programs. Based on that research and on their own experience in working with exergames users, the authors share recommendations on best uses of exergames, design guidelines for exergame developers, and areas for future research.
Barbara Chamberlin, Learning Games Lab, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
Ann Maloney, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
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