CBB Seminar - Dr. Harri Oinas-Kukkonen

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

“Persuasive systems design for health

Dr. Harri Oinas-Kukkonen

Harri Oinas-Kukkonen

University of Oulu, Finland


A conceptual framework for designing, evaluating and researching persuasive systems is known as the Persuasive Systems Design (PSD) model [1, 2]. The PSD model defines key design principles for designing full-fledged Behavior Change Support Systems [3-6] or somewhat lighter applications that nudge people [cf. 7]. Especially fostering health and promoting sustainable/green behaviors benefit from these approaches. As deep understanding of user behaviors already has become a key asset for successful design in our contemporary IT environments [8], we claim that understanding behavior change and persuasive systems design will become a key asset for advancing most types of applications future business and economy.


  1. Oinas-Kukkonen H & Harjumaa M (2009) Persuasive systems design: Key issues, process model, and system features. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 24, Article 28, pp. 485-500, March 2009.
  2. Oinas-Kukkonen H (2013) A foundation for the study of behavior change support systems. Personal and ubiquitous computing, Vol. 17, No. 6, August 2013, pp. 1223-1235.
  3. Karppinen P, Oinas-Kukkonen H, Alahäivälä T, Jokelainen T, Keränen A-M, Salonurmi T, Savolainen M (2016) Persuasive User Experience in Health Behavior Change Support System: A 12-month Study for Prevention of Metabolic Syndrome. International Journal of Medical Informatics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2016.02.005
  4. Kuonanoja L, Langrial S, Lappalainen P, Lappalainen R & Oinas-Kukkonen H (2015) Treating Depression through a Behavior Change Support System without Face-to-Face Therapy. AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction. Vol. 7, No. 3, September, pp. 192-210. http://aisel.aisnet.org/thci/vol7/iss3/3/
  5. Lehto T & Oinas-Kukkonen H (2015) Explaining and predicting perceived effectiveness and use continuance intention of a behavior change support system. Behaviour and Information Technology, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 176-189.
  6. Alahäivälä T & Oinas-Kukkonen H (2016) Understanding persuasion contexts in health gamification: A systematic literature review of gamified health behavior change support systems literature. International Journal of Medical Informatics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2016.02.006
  7. Matthews J, Win K.T., Freeman M & Oinas-Kukkonen H (2016) Persuasive Technology in Mobile Applications Promoting Physical Activity: A Systematic Review. Journal of Medical Systems, Vol. 40, Issue 3, Article 72. doi:10.1007/s10916-015-0425-x
  8. Oinas-Kukkonen Harri & Oinas-Kukkonen Henry (2013) Humanizing the Web: Change and Social Innovation. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK.


Harri Oinas-Kukkonen is Professor of information systems in the University of Oulu, Finland. He has been listed among 100 most influential ICT experts in the country and a key person to whom companies should talk to when developing their strategies for ICT services. He is a co-author of the book “Humanizing the Web: Change and Social Innovation” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). He is the creator of the Persuasive Systems Design (PSD) model for developing ICT interventions that influence human behaviors. One of his current major research interests is persuasive design for health behavior change.

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