Serious Games with Wearables for the Road to Mental Readiness


  1. Emond, B.
  2. Molyneaux, H.
  3. Vinson, N.G.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN);National Research Council Canada, Ottawa ON (CAN) Digital Technologies Research Centre
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are expanding and modernizing their training and preparation on mental health and resilience (National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces, 2016). The Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program is part of this effort, and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) has played a key role in developing and evaluating a series of mobile phone modules designed to make this training available to CAF members as self-learning tools. DRDC is currently conducting investigations into whether the R2MR mobile application can be gamified to take the form of a serious game integrating wearables to provide learners with biofeedback (Granek, Jarmasz, Boland, Guest, & Bailey, 2016). The current report by the National Research Council Canada (NRC) is in support of DRDC’s efforts and aims at identifying Human-Computer Interface (HCI) design principles for serious games using wearables. The report is divided in three main sections. The first section briefly describes the methodology employed to produce the report. The second section provides principles for guiding the development of a gamified R2MR application by reference to four domain areas: 1) user-centred design and human-computer interaction, 2) persuasive technologies to support behavioural changes, 3) sensors/effectors for stress resilience, and 4) gamification and serious game design principles. The third and last section presents a R2MR gamification use case based on an analysis of the high-level charact

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serious games;Resilience;human-computer interactions;wearable electronics;User Experience;Persuasive Technologies
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2019-C116 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 May 2019
Number of Pages
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