Implicit theory manipulations affecting efficacy of a smartphone application aiding speech therapy for Parkinson's patients

Peter Nolan*, Sherria Hoskins, Julia Johnson, Vaughan Powell, K Ray Chaudhuri, Roger Eglin

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Abstract

A Smartphone speech-therapy application (STA) is being developed, intended for people with Parkinson's disease (PD) with reduced implicit volume cues. The STA offers visual volume feedback, addressing diminished auditory cues. Users are typically older adults, less familiar with new technology. Domain-specific implicit theories (ITs) have been shown to result in mastery or helpless behaviors. Studies manipulating participants' implicit theories of 'technology' (Study One), and 'ability to affect one's voice' (Study Two), were coordinated with iterative STA test-stages, using patients with PD with prior speech-therapist referrals. Across studies, findings suggest it is possible to manipulate patients' ITs related to engaging with a Smartphone STA. This potentially impacts initial application approach and overall effort using a technology-based therapy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine 2012
EditorsBrenda K Wiederhold, Giuseppe Riva
PublisherIOS Press
Pages138-142
Number of pages5
Volume181
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-61499-121-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-120-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume181

Keywords

  • apps
  • implicit theories
  • manipulations
  • Parkinson's
  • speech therapy

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