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Persuasive Strategies for Encouraging Social Interaction for Older Adults

Vargheese, John Paul; Sripada, Somayajulu; Masthoff, Judith; Oren, Nir


Somayajulu Sripada

Judith Masthoff

Nir Oren


Social isolation among older adults represents a significant societal challenge in which persuasion offers a potential solution. To develop a persuasive interactive system for this purpose, we conducted a modeling study with carers to discover how persuasion is used to encourage social interaction among older adults. From an analysis of the results, we identified and defined effective persuasive strategies grounded in theories of persuasion and developed a computational model for applying them. This article reports the findings from an evaluation of the generalizability of this model and presents a revised version based on these results. The article concludes with a discussion on possible domain-specific conceptual features between the model evaluated and the revised model developed.


Vargheese, J. P., Sripada, S., Masthoff, J., & Oren, N. (2016). Persuasive Strategies for Encouraging Social Interaction for Older Adults. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 32(3), 190-214.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Feb 16, 2016
Publication Date 2016
Deposit Date Dec 14, 2022
Journal International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction
Print ISSN 1044-7318
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 3
Pages 190-214
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