The Belief in Health Benefits of Digital Play Modulates Physiological Responses to Games Played for Cognitive Benefits
Objective: The current study aimed to examine the sensitivity of the AGPHA framework to detect a relationship between PA of the health-benefits of digital play and subsequent physiological responses to the game experience, in predicting SA factors that modulate stress and the desire to replay.
Material and Methods: 18 healthy older adults (65+) participated in a repeated-measures study involving playing three types of presumably cognition-benefiting games (brain training, car racing and exercise game), while monitoring their physiological (EDA, HR, cortisol), and administering game-experience and STAI questionnaires after each session.
Results: PA had a significant effect on physiological measures during play. Physiological variations explained differences in SA variables of games benefits in terms of mental health and cognitive stimulation, but not with subjective perception of game difficulty. Finally, interactions between physiological and SA factors were more sensitive predictors of the desire to replay than were physiological factors or SA alone.
Conclusion: Our findings show that AGPHA provides a suitable framework for investigating the interactions between appraisal of interventions, and physiological and experiential responses to them.