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Presence and human development: age-specific variations in presence and their implications for the design of life-enhancing interactive applications
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. (Q-life)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9419-0682
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the relatively unexplored topic of changes in the sense of presence corresponding to individual development from early childhood to old age. How does presence change over the lifespan and how can presence-modulating interactive environments be designed to accommodate the needs of different age groups in the light of these changes? To address these questions, we adopt an existing framework for theorising about relevant aspects of the sense of presence, emphasising the distinction between presence and absence based on attentional focus, and the role of presence as a link between intentions and actions. We explore changes in presence and absence over the course of the human lifespan, and in relation to various psychological and cognitive problems. This includes a consideration of the significance of age-specific changes in levels of consciousness, as revealed through patterns of waking, sleeping and dreaming. Finally, we explore the implications of our position for the design of interactive environments, especially as applied to psychotherapy, and to cognitive training and development.

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2018.
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Media and Communications
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medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-145991OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-145991DiVA, id: diva2:1192989
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PRESENCE 2018, 18th conference of the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR)
Available from: 2018-03-25 Created: 2018-03-25 Last updated: 2018-06-09

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