Exergames commonly use low to moderate intensity exercise protocols. Their effectiveness in implementing high intensity protocols remains uncertain. We propose a method for improving performance while maintaining intrinsic motivation in high intensity VR exergaming. Our method is based on an interactive adaptation of the feedforward method: a psychophysical training technique achieving rapid improvement in performance by exposing participants to self models showing previously unachieved performance levels. We evaluated our method in a cycling-based exergame. Participants competed against (i) a self model which represented their previous speed; (ii) a self model representing their previous speed but increased resistance therefore requiring higher performance to keep up; or (iii) a virtual competitor at the same two levels of performance. We varied participants’ awareness of these differences. Interactivefeedforwardledtoimprovedperformance while maintaining intrinsic motivation even when participants wereawareoftheinterventions,andwassuperiortocompeting against a virtual competitor.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems|
|Place of Publication||New York, U. S. A.|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery|
|Number of pages||14|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9781450356206, 9781450356213|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Apr 2018|
|Name||CHI: Conference on Human Factors and Computing Systems|
- Intrinsic motivation
- Virtual reality (VR)
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
Barathi, S. C.
, Finnegan, D. J., Farrow, M.
, Whaley, A., Heath, P., Buckley, J., ... Lutteroth, C.
(2018). Interactive Feedforward for Improving Performance and Maintaining Intrinsic Motivation in VR Exergaming
. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
(Vol. 2018-April, pp. 1-14).  (CHI: Conference on Human Factors and Computing Systems). New York, U. S. A.: Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3173982