Does peer-review feedback promote interpersonal relationships among Ph.D. students and supervisors? A self-determination theory perspective

Md Sanaul Haque, Daire O’Broin, S M Musfequr Rahman, Sadiqur Rahaman, Joseph Kehoe

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Postgraduate research students (Ph.D.) are more likely to feel isolated studying their own topic. Consequently, chronic isolation, i.e., lack of social interaction, brings negative impacts, e.g., dropping out from the research program. Nudge is a concept that proposes that subtle changes in the way choices are stated can intuitively guide citizens towards desired behaviors, i.e., focus on driving behaviors and decisions. Nudge deck, i.e., sending a personal normative message such as peer-review feedback and emails to students, increases motivation and effort, and this may also be effective for relationship building. It can be envisaged that zero-cost online peer-reviewing tools such as google excel/word (peer-review feedback and email reminders as personal normative messages) guide students to improve their relationships among i) work colleagues and ii) supervisors. SDT needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness are needed for the students to be intrinsically motivated. To address these SDT need satisfaction in interpersonal relationships, we conducted a BPNSS 9-item scale questionnaire survey among n=35 students from nine countries (relationships with colleagues, n=17; relationship with supervisors, n=18). The result of the study has shown that they may have felt a sense of connectedness with the supervisors (more competency and relatedness level). In contrast, their autonomy level is higher when interacting with colleagues.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBehavior Change Support Systems
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference on Behavior Change Support Systems
EditorsSanaul Haque, Harri Oinas-Kukkonen, Pasi Karppinen, Sriram Iyengar, Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeB3 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Conference on Behavior Change Support Systems - , Netherlands
Duration: 19 Apr 202319 Apr 2023

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)1613-0073


ConferenceInternational Conference on Behavior Change Support Systems


  • Feedback
  • Nudge
  • Persuasive Technology
  • PhD Students
  • SDT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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