Effect of a virtual coach on athletes' motivation

Anke Eyck, K. Geerlings, Dina Karimova, B.W. Meerbeek, W.A. IJsselsteijn, Y.A.W. Kort, de, M. Roersma, J.H.D.M. Westerink

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The experiment described in this paper addressed two main questions. Can a virtual coach motivate beginning athletes? Can a virtual coach influence beginning athletes exercise behavior? The results show that doing physical exercises is more enjoyable with a virtual coach than without, consequently increasing the intrinsic motivation. Also, the extrinsic motivation is increased by a virtual coach, which is indicated by higher external regulation. Finally, participants biked more in the optimal heart beat zone in the condition with the coach. Longitudinal research is needed to find out the long-term effect of a virtual coach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPersuasive 2006 : first international conference on persuasive technology for human well-bein
EditorsY.A.W. Kort, de, W.A. IJsselsteijn
Place of PublicationBerlin
ISBN (Print)90-386-0715-6
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event1st International Conference on Persuasive Technology for Human Well-Being, PERSUASIVE 2006 - Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 18 May 200619 May 2006
Conference number: 1


Conference1st International Conference on Persuasive Technology for Human Well-Being, PERSUASIVE 2006
Abbreviated titlePERSUASIVE 2006
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