An Historical Analysis of Reversal Theory Conference Presentations

Author: Kenneth Cramer, Nichole Summerfield, and Paige Goertzen Abstract: It has been suggested that reversal theory should endeavour to pursue more empirical studies (Cramer, 2013), yet continue to develop tools and applications; thus the present study examined the category of papers (N = 323) featured at reversal theory conferences from 1995–2015. Conference papers were divided into (initially …

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Interprofessional Collaboration in Reversal Theory Science

Author: Amy Marie Poindexter and Kelli Lee Kramer-Jackman Abstract: Reversal theory has a long history of attracting a number of professionally diverse practitioners, educators, and scholars. This paper will discuss interprofessional collaboration in healthcare practice, education, and research; provide an analysis of the known publications utilizing reversal theory in order to determine historical interprofessional activity; and …

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Architecture and the Protective Frame

Author: Sally Augustin and Michael J. Apter Abstract: Architecture and interior design can have a significant e ect on psychological state. Reversal theory helps to explain how and why design supports particular motivational and functional objectives — or fails to do so. Paratelic states require a protective frame; design can make it more likely that space-users in a paratelic state will …

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Bota: Facilitating a psychodiverse flight

Author: Ilaria Scarpellini Abstract: Bota is a personal water container for commercial air travel, which passengers can use and refill themselves at onboard water points. Passengers receive the empty container before take-off and can fill it at any point in mid-flight. When filled, the flexible water pouch needs to be held with two hands and squeezed to drink from it. The product has …

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Beyond Blue: a Novel In-flight Dinner Ritual

Author: Fleur A. van Midwoud Abstract: Beyond Blue is a food tray design for serving meals in intercontinental flights. Whereas conventional food trays are flat and cover most of the passenger’s tabletop, Beyond Blue is a foldable box that, when opened, changes into a stable tray of similar size as the conventional models. When closed, the box covers less than a third …

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Shareables: An in-flight gift system

Author: Roderick Huijgen Abstract: Shareables is a service concept in which flight attendants collect and distribute personalized gifts for air passengers. The service consists of two parts. The first part entails the collecting and sorting of appropriate gifts by a group of enthusiastic volunteers within the pool of flight attendants. These volunteers buy gifts that they find appropriate for the collection, in their …

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Redesigning the theme park queue

Author: Peter Blesgraaf Abstract: Wander is a theme-park waiting-system that was designed to provide visitors with a more positive and engaging experience of waiting for rides (e.g., rollercoasters or water rides). Instead of requiring visitors to wait in a physical queue, the system makes use of a virtual queue system. Visitors enter a waiting area belonging to a specific theme park ride …

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The Adventure of Hospitalization

Author: Freya Ruijs Abstract: The adventurer’s kit is a small suitcase that was designed for children (aged 3 to 6) who are hospitalized for a surgical procedure. The suitcase contains several playful items: a passport, a flag, a storybook and four sets of toys, each set representing a fictional character: Pip, Sophie, Charley, and Damian. The design intends to stimulate and enable the …

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Carousel of feelings: Reversal theory as a design tool

Authors: Fleur A. van Midwoud, Roderick G. Huijgen, Ilaria Scarpellini, Steven F. Fokkinga Abstract: This paper describes a design research project that aimed to find the best ways to convey reversal theory in a holistic way to designers, so that its principles could be applied in creating more eff ective and compelling products. Over a number of iterations, two games …

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Waiting Experience in Railway Environments

Authors: Mark Van Hagen, Mirjam Galetzka, Ad Th. Pruyn Abstract: At railway stations, waiting time is usually an unavoidable aspect of the journey for train passengers. According to the attentional model of time, pleasant surroundings and other forms of distraction reduce perceived waiting time. Not every individual reacts identically in the same surroundings. Passengers in diff erent states of mind …

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