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Chao has a broad interest in the research field of human-technology interactions. During his Master thesis project, he investigated how experience with telecommunication technologies changes the psychological feeling of presnece, through a field experiment with a judgment task. In his current PhD work, he's focusing on bridging the fields of decision making and health behavior change. Highlights of projects include developing computational models for habit formation, and tracking self-control process with movement tracking techniques. He's also interested in exploring new technologies for psychological research and in research methdos and statistics. He has expertise in building apps for field data collection and in multilevel modeling for psychological data.

Academic background

Born in Nov. 4 1987 in Wuhan, China, Chao Zhang is currently a PhD candidate at TU/e in the group of Human-Technology Interactions. Chao did his university education in Wuhan and received a double Bachelor degree in both industrial design (at Huazhong University of Science and Technology) and psychology (at Center China Normal University). In 2010, he came to Eindhoven to study human-technology interactions at TU/e, with the Talent Scholarwhip from the university. In 2012, he received his Master of Science degree with Cum Laude, with a Master thesis on the topic of presense in telecommunication. In 2013, he worked in Knowledge Media Research Center in Tuebingen, Germany, for half a year. He returned back China in 2013 and worked as a user researcher in the IT industry for a year. In March, 2015, he came back to TU/e and started his PhD project on health behavior change and e-coaching in the group of Human-Technology Interaction.

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Telecommunications Medicine & Life Sciences
Sampling Studies Medicine & Life Sciences
Interpersonal Relations Medicine & Life Sciences
Application programs Engineering & Materials Science
Decision making Engineering & Materials Science
Cell Phones Medicine & Life Sciences
Meta-Analysis Medicine & Life Sciences
Software Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2015 2018

  • 3 Citations
  • 3 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Poster
  • 1 Conference article

A decision-making perspective on coaching behavior change: a field experiment on promoting exercise at work

Zhang, C., Starczewski, A. P., Lakens, D. & IJsselsteijn, W. A., 1 Jan 2018, Persuasive Technology: 13th International Conference, PERSUASIVE 2018, Waterloo, ON, Canada, April 18-19, 2018, Proceedings. Ham, J., Karapanos, E., Morita, P. P. & Burns, C. M. (eds.). Dordrecht: Springer, p. 87-98 12 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 10809 LNCS)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Field Experiment
Application programs
Exercise
Decision making
Decision Making
Confounding Factors (Epidemiology)
Habits
Decision Making
Self-Control
Direction compound
Open Access
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Habits
Tooth
Toothbrushing
Mobile Applications
Growth
Sampling Studies
Ecological Momentary Assessment
Self-Control
Arousal
Students
1 Citation (Scopus)

Anticipating habit formation: a psychological computing approach to behavior change support

Zhang, C., van Wissen, A., Lakens, D., Vanschoren, J., Ruyter, de, B. E. R. & IJsselsteijn, W. A., 2016, Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing: Adjunct. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 1247-1254

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Mobile computing
Costs

Student theses

A new method of attitude measurement on touch-screen devices

Author: Li, B., 16 Dec 2016

Supervisor: Willemsen, M. (Supervisor 1) & Zhang, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Louder as closer: voice intensity influences distance judgment in telecommunication

Author: Zhang, C., 31 Aug 2012

Supervisor: IJsselsteijn, W. (Supervisor 1) & Lakens, D. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Mouse-tracking paradigm as a measurement for decision difficulty on touch-screen devices

Author: Nijrolder, G., 30 Nov 2017

Supervisor: Willemsen, M. (Supervisor 1) & Zhang, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Promoting behaviour change in oral health care routine

Author: Liu, B., 31 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Lakens, D. (Supervisor 1), Smolders, K. (Supervisor 2) & Zhang, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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