Gamification: What It Is and Why It Matters to Digital Health Behavior Change Developers

Brian Cugelman
2013 JMIR Serious Games  
This editorial provides a behavioral science view on gamification and health behavior change, describes its principles and mechanisms, and reviews some of the evidence for its efficacy. Furthermore, this editorial explores the relation between gamification and behavior change frameworks used in the health sciences and shows how gamification principles are closely related to principles that have been proven to work in health behavior change technology. Finally, this editorial provides criteria
more » ... at can be used to assess when gamification provides a potentially promising framework for digital health interventions.
doi:10.2196/games.3139 pmid:25658754 pmcid:PMC4307817 fatcat:db3yovyxdvbe5hwhrpogk6t5uq