Point of Contact:Investigating change in perception through a serious game for COVID-19 preventive measures

Hill, Joshua and Corke, Edward and Salawu, Mubarak and Cotterell, Ethan and Russell, Matthew and Gibbons, Joshua and Mu, Tianxiang and Karnik, Abe (2021) Point of Contact:Investigating change in perception through a serious game for COVID-19 preventive measures. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 5 (CHI PL). (In Press)

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Abstract

COVID-19 exposed the need to identify newer tools to understand perception of information, behavioral conformance to instructions and model the effects of individual motivation and decisions on the success of measures being put in place. We approach this challenge through the lens of serious games. Serious games are designed to instruct and inform within the confines of their magic circle. We built a multiplayer serious game, Point of Contact (PoC), to investigate effects of a serious game on perception and behavior. We conducted a study with 23 participants to gauge perceptions of COVID-19 preventive measures and quantify the change after playing PoC. The results show a significant positive change to participants’ perceptions towards COVID-19 preventive measures, shifting perceptions towards following guidelines more strictly due to a greater awareness of how the virus spreads. We discuss these implications and the value of a serious game like PoC towards pandemic risk modelling at a microcosm level.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
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ID Code:
158275
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Deposited On:
13 Aug 2021 09:10
Refereed?:
Yes
Published?:
In Press
Last Modified:
24 Oct 2021 06:09