Positive Computing: Technology for Wellbeing and Human Potential

Positive Computing: Technology for Wellbeing and Human Potential

by Rafael A. Calvo, Dorian Peters


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262028158
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 11/28/2014
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rafael A. Calvo is Associate Professor of Software Engineering and Director of the Positive Computing Lab at the University of Sydney. Dorian Peters is user experience designer and online strategist for the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney and Creative Leader of the Positive Computing Lab there.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 An Introduction to Positive Computing 1

I 11

2 The Psychology of Wellbeing 13

3 Multidlsciplinary Foundations 41

4 Wellbeing in Technology Research 63

5 A Framework and Methods for Positive Computing 81

II 107

6 Positive Emotions 109

7 Motivation, Engagement, and Flow 131

8 Self-Awareness and Self-Compassion 155

9 Mindfulness 179

10 Empathy 203

11 Compassion and Altruism 229

12 Caveats, Considerations, and the Way Ahead 257

Index 281

What People are Saying About This

Steve Whittaker

This book is an important contribution, providing excellent background on a complex emerging area that promises to be very significant from both a societal and scientific perspective.

Don Norman

Few people think of technology as uplifting, delightful, and enjoyable. Sure, our stuff works, but far too often at the cost of increased anxiety, frustration, and a feeling of disempowerment. In Positive Computing, Calvo and Peters show how research in the psychological principles of enjoyment, engagement, and empowerment can be used to design technology that enhances our lives, creates more engagement and pleasure, and makes positive contributions to our emotional lives. Three cheers to Calvo and Peters for Positive Computing: It's about time.

Mary Czerwinski

Positive Computing by Rafael Calvo and Dorian Peters is a deep exploration of the theory, psychology, analysis, and passion around using computing to make a positive influence on the world. Every graduate student studying this new, multidisciplinary field should have a copy at his or her fingertips. Calvo and Peters leave no stone unturned in discussing the many facets around positive computing, and have sought out the broadest set of references. The book was written in an engaging and practical manner and was a pleasure to read. I know I will go back to my copy again and again for useful insights.

Ben Shneiderman

Positive Computing lays a solid theoretical foundation for designers of the next generation of user interfaces who will shape positive user experiences. It goes deeply into familiar territory of motivation, engagement, and flow, then all the way to mindfulness, empathy, and compassion.

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