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Misrepresentation of health research in exertion games literature

Marshall, Joe; Linehan, Conor

Authors

Conor Linehan conor.linehan@ucc.ie



Abstract

HCI often requires scholars to build upon research from fields outside their expertise, creating the risk that foundational work is misunderstood and misrepresented. The prevailing goal of “exergames” research towards ameliorating obesity appears to be built on just such a misunderstanding of health research. In this paper, we analyse all citations to a single influential study, which has been extensively cited to justify research on exergames. We categorise the 375 citations based on whether they represent the findings of that study accurately or inaccurately. Our findings suggest that 69% of exergames papers citing this study misrepresent the findings, demonstrating a systematic failure of scholarship in exergames research. We argue that exergaming research should cease focusing on games as treatment for obesity, and that HCI publications should demand more critical and scholarly engagement with research from outside HCI.

Citation

Marshall, J., & Linehan, C. (2017). Misrepresentation of health research in exertion games literature. In CHI '17: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. , (4899–4910). https://doi.org/10.1145/3025453.3025691

Conference Name CHI 2017: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Conference Location Denver Colorado USA
Start Date May 6, 2017
End Date May 11, 2017
Acceptance Date Jan 5, 2017
Publication Date May 6, 2017
Deposit Date May 11, 2017
Publicly Available Date May 11, 2017
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2017-May
Pages 4899–4910
Book Title CHI '17: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
ISBN 978-1-4503-4655-9
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3025453.3025691
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/42578
Publisher URL https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3025453.3025691
Related Public URLs https://chi2017.acm.org/
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information ACM. doi:10.1145/3025453.3025691

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