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Individuation and diversity: the need for idiographic HCI

Pozzi, Simone and Bagnara, Sebastiano (2013) Individuation and diversity: the need for idiographic HCI. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, Vol. 14 (1), p. 1-21. ISSN 1463-922X. eISSN 1464-536X. Article.

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DOI: 10.1080/1464536X.2011.562564


Nowadays, our life is characterised by an increasing complexity and variety in the use of technology: highly idiosyncratic experiences in technology use have become the rule rather than exceptions. Such ‘normal’ variety has an impact on the field of human–computer interaction (HCI) by posing a new challenge, that of ‘individuation’, i.e. passing from research and design for the ‘average user’, to research and design for ‘individuals’. We maintain that HCI is in the middle of such a transition, and that it should actively develop proper means to address the complexity of idiosyncratic uses of technology. Such a transition will be marked by the complementary between ‘nomothetic’ and ‘idiographic’ approaches.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:10085
Uncontrolled Keywords:Human–computer interaction, diversity, individuation, personalisation, idiographic research
Subjects:Area 11 - Scienze storiche, filosofiche, pedagogiche e psicologiche > M-PSI/01 Psicologia generale
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Architettura, Design e Urbanistica
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Deposited On:11 Sep 2014 08:42

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