Social Stairs : taking the Piano Staircase towards long-term behavioral change

M.M.R. Peeters, C.J.P.G. Megens, E.A.W.H. Hoven, van den, C.C.M. Hummels, A.C. Brombacher

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This paper addresses the development of Social Stairs, an intelligent musical staircase to change people’s behavior in the long-term to take the stairs in favor of the elevator. Through designing with the Experiential Design Landscape (EDL) method, a design opportunity was found that social engagement encouraged people to take the stairs at work in favor of the elevator. To encourage this social behavior, people who involved each other and worked together whilst using the Social Stairs were treated with more diverse orchestral chimes that echoed up the stairwell. In this paper we reflect on the differences between the persuasive system of the well-known Piano Staircase and the Social Stairs. We report on the deployment of the Social Stairs for a period of three weeks in the public space within the university community and identify opportunities for triggering intrinsic motivation, social engagement and how to keep people involved in the long-term.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPersuasive 2013 : 8th International Conference, PERSUASIVE 2013, Sydney, NSW, Australia, April 3-5, 2013. Proceedings
EditorsS. Berkovsky, J. Freyne
Place of PublicationBerlin
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-37156-1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


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