Masters Theses/Capstone Projects

Date of Award

Winter 12-23-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Allied Health (MS)

First Committee Member

Paul Longenecker


Joan Rocks

Second Committee Member

Erica Vam Dop


Activity tracking device, Stimulus Response and Self Determination Theory, Habit Formation, Lifelong Engagement

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sports Sciences


Activity tracking devices provide biofeedback information and encourage people to be active, however, their long-term usage has been problematic. This study explored the theory of reinforcement techniques and the theory of self- determination to enhance long-term usage of activity tracking devices.

A sample of 43 people was surveyed to examine their experience with activity tracking devices. A multi-regression analysis demonstrated significant results(R square=71.6% Sig level=0.012 N=43). The result indicates how individuals with different orientations likely to perceive the supportiveness of their devices and how likely they were to continue using or stop using their devices. Conclusion: understanding the principles of reinforcement techniques and the perceive supportiveness concept of self-determination theory provide insight into the strategies that instigate and maintain long-term usage of the activity tracking devices.



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