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  • Designing Environment ChangeHow can environment change help college students improve their health behavior? Kai Kight Stanford University
  • College is a CRAZYenvironment...
  • BUSYschedules
  • A TON OF people
  • SHAREDliving conditions
  • WITH ALL THIS...
  • WITH ALL THIS... How can college students change their environment for positive health behavior?
  • The first question to ask is...
  • The first question to ask is... What do college students actually WANT to change?
  • The first question to ask is... What do college students actually WANT to change? I asked them...
  • MeetINSIYA
  • Wants toProcrastinate LESS
  • MeetJOHN
  • Wants togo to the gym MORE
  • MeetKAREEM
  • Wants to Party LESS
  • To design environmentchange for them...
  • To design environment change for them...I did some testing on myself first!
  • For one week, I changed my own college environment so that I would...
  • For one week, I changed my own college environment so that I would... 1 Procrastinate LESS
  • For one week, I changed my own college environment so that I would... 1 Procrastinate LESS 2 Go to the gym MORE
  • For one week, I changed my own college environment so that I would... 1 Procrastinate LESS 2 Go to the gym MORE 3 Party LESS
  • My method was SIMPLE
  • My method was SIMPLEMake the "MORE" behaviors EASIER
  • My method was SIMPLEMake the "MORE" behaviors EASIERMake the "LESS" behaviors HARDER
  • 1.
  • What makes focusing hard for college students?
  • What makes focusing hard for college students? 1. Mind Distractions from sources of media
  • What makes focusing hard for college students? 1. Mind Distractions from sources of media 2. Routine of checking other sources
  • What makes focusing hard for college students? 1. Mind Distractions from sources of media 2. Routine of checking other sources how I made it easier...
  • Re-OrganizedINTERFACES
  • Re-Organized INTERFACESCleared Bookmark Bar of Facebook,Yahoo, and ESPN
  • Re-Organized INTERFACESCleared Bookmark Bar of Facebook, Cleared iPhone Homescreen of SocialYahoo, and ESPN Apps
  • RESULTS1. My proposed interface change onlyworked for a couple of days, then I built new habits to reach distracting sites.
  • RESULTS1. My proposed interface change onlyworked for a couple of days, then I built new habits to reach distracting sites. (addiction...)
  • RESULTS 1. My proposed interface change onlyworked for a couple of days, then I built new habits to reach distracting sites. (addiction...)2. I eventually downloaded "Self Control", an app to disable certain sites for a determined time
  • In the future I would... tt Engage Social Responsibility1. Have friend hit me when I am not focusing2. Have a friend literally hide my cell phone
  • 2.
  • What makes going to the gym hard for college students?
  • What makes going to the gym hard for college students? 1. Physical effort of going all the way to gym
  • What makes going to the gym hard for college students? 1. Physical effort of going all the way to gym 2. Time out of a busy schedule
  • What makes going to the gym hard for college students? 1. Physical effort of going all the way to gym 2. Time out of a busy schedule how I made it easier...
  • Brought the gym TO MY Room
  • Brought the gym TO MY RoomPull up bar on the doorway
  • Brought the gym TO MY RoomPull up bar on the doorway Resistance bands on chair
  • Brought the gym TO MY RoomPull up bar on the doorway Resistance bands on chair Resistance bands on door
  • RESULTS1. I worked out in my room everyday for atleast 20 minutes.
  • RESULTS1. I worked out in my room everyday for atleast 20 minutes.2. I would do pull ups just because the barwas there.
  • RESULTS1. I worked out in my room everyday for atleast 20 minutes.2. I would do pull ups just because the barwas there.3. Definitely my most successful behaviorchange!
  • 3.
  • What makes partying less hard for college students?
  • What makes partying less hard for college students? 1. Socially exclusive feeling of not fitting in or missing out
  • What makes partying less hard for college students? 1. Socially exclusive feeling of not fitting in or missing out how I made it easier...
  • Changed my SOCIALEnvironment
  • Changed my SOCIAL EnvironmentPlayed socially conscious playlist continuously in my room
  • Changed my SOCIAL EnvironmentPlayed socially conscious playlist Only parked in back parking lot continuously in my room to avoid intoxicated peers
  • RESULTS1. I did not party!
  • RESULTS1. I did not party!2. The feeling of the music was extremelypowerful. It gave me a feeling of socialinclusion through sound even though I was"missing out" on things outside of myroom.
  • Learnings
  • Learnings1. The perceived size of a behavior affects whether or not you will do it
  • Learnings1. The perceived size of a behavior affects whether or not you will do it2. Reduce your cognitive responsibilities in order to focus
  • Learnings1. The perceived size of a behavior affects whether or not you will do it2. Reduce your cognitive responsibilities in order to focus3. When you invest time into changing your environment, it pays off!
  • Thanks for Viewing! Kai Kight Stanford University | 2014 B.S. Candidate | Product Design Engineering krkight@stanford.eduSee my other work on Behavior Design