Psychological principles as they relate to user interface and user experience design.

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How to encourage honest user behavior in UI

My company creates solutions for waste management facilities. One particular piece of software is used on touch screens at the entrance of a facility. The municipiality runs the facility. We don't ...
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How accepted is the “Hooked Model” by UX?

The Hook Model for designing habit-forming products is not frequently mentioned in UX lectures. The model seems to be about creating "habits forming products". How necessary this model, really, if ...
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What is the psychology behind road markings on lanes unaffected by speed cameras?

In the UK, speed cameras are usually accompanied by white striped lines on the road. I have always assumed that was a visual reminder to the motorist to "watch your speed- it's about to be checked". ...
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Should help-text be above or below the input?

There are many frameworks that support some variant of "help text", that is text which supplements the heading, label and placeholder. It's often used to give a brief description of the purpose of the ...
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What's the actual likeability of “voice control”?

I recently got to design an app for Google Glass, and I was wondering: how much users really like that they have to speak out loud to have control over the device or to undertake an action? Are there ...
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What objective qualities make a user interface intuitive?

How is intuitive defined in terms of UI? Are there any studies about what objective and measurable qualities make a user interface intuitive? What design principles, patterns, or approaches are most ...
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The Hamburger Menu and Classical Conditioning [duplicate]

I know that the hamburger menu is not the ideal way to show information since users do not always know what the three lines mean (and it can lead to poor information architecture). However, since so ...
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Extend a subscription automatically or manually?

We offer different type of annual subscriptions. At this time, we inform the customer 2 months before his subscriptions will end, that we are going to extend his subscriptions automatically. If he ...
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Why would some high profile blog not allow commenting? [closed]

Comments have been an important part from the evolution of blog. But I can see some blogs like http://www.lukew.com not allowing comments at all. It surely hurts the user experience for genuine ...
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Should I avoid using “abort” in favor of its synonyms?

I've heard that the term "abort" could have a negative meaning in some contexts (i.e. due to abortion-related issues), and for that reason it was avoided in some interfaces of the 80's/90's, probably ...
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Correlation between number of colors used and brain processing?

A professor once told a class I was in that there is a fixed amount of bits one can process at one time. I've always thought of it as our brains processor speed. This was in a HCI class. He also ...
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Is there research supporting the link between colors and emotions?

I recently reviewed a style guide document and came across a passage concerning colors. In the text, different colors are attributed to different emotions, e.g.: Orange stands for lust for life ...
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Terminology for user fear of unbounded space

There is a term used for describing a behavioral pattern where users feel disoriented or anxious when a navigable space is unbounded and there is no reference point. For example, in a 3D drawing ...
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Reading continuous vs interrupted text mobile on IM

after an argument with my wife where I missed to notice to buy the milk out of a short message she sent me, the following question came to mind. Reading an interrupted message (where each line of ...
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The effect of showing “wizard” style steps in a multistep process

I'm approaching this from the context of a user onboarding workflow. Specifically I'm looking for references to research that discuss what effect displaying "wizard" steps actually has on user ...
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Psych major wanting to go into UX…should I get a CS minor? [closed]

I'm currently a psych major right now and in my second to last semester with one more psych class requirement to take. I've been thinking about what I want to do. I've been looking into UX or HCI. ...
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How do I avoid the “Halo Effect” during testing?

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking on the Halo Effect lately. It seems that this effect can really make a difference in the outcome of my testing if I am not cognizant of its potential swaying power. ...
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Why do people clear the screen multiple times when using a calculator?

I've noticed that most people when using a real or a virtual calculator, they hit the Clear button multiple times when clearing the screen (even though hitting it once is enough), so I started ...
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Impact of images and icons on user perception when capturing personal information?

I am designing an account area where users are required to provide some personal information.I have came across research that suggests that the use of icons such as a "Padlock" or similar has a ...
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predict behavior based on emotional response

I'm a student so this is my first crack at designing a study. Trying to develop a usability test that 1) gathers participants emotional reaction and 2) discovers what behavior they would display ...
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Are stars a good rating system?

Quoting myself from this other question, there are users that rate us with 1 star when the review is "Good product", as well as the other way around, rating us 5 stars for "Bad product" reviews, ...
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Is it good to put a player into detention (jail) or just kick the user from a server?

I am developing a game server in an open-world game where players can do whatever they want. Once however my staff encounters a rule breaker I advise them to, by their judgment on how bad it is, to ...
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What research is there suggesting modal dialogs are disruptive?

It seems "Everyone" knows they're highly disruptive for many situations but often times clients don't. Particularly in desktop applications this form of dialog is often misused, often disrupting a ...
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What is the psychology behind newspaper content on websites (and in general)?

Why are newspaper websites laid out the way they are ? Is it because they need to display as much content as possible, sparking interest in every article (see nytimes.com) ? Or is there something ...
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Psychology behind $0.99 for paid apps, but $1.00 for donation apps?

I've noticed a trend (at least on the Google Play store) of application prices ending in x.99, while 'donation' apps usually end on the dollar. I see the reasoning behind the psychology that makes a ...
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Is User Psychology similar to the use of empathy?

So I've been doing some read up about UX hoping to firm up my base as a UX practitioner and was just wondering and thinking if User Psychology is similar to the use of empathy. Understanding that a ...
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Which style of avatar is more reputable?

Is there any evidence which shows whether users are more likely to reciprocate positively towards a certain style of profile avatar? For simplicity, let's break profile avatars into the following ...
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Monitors display more colors than human eye can distinguish

The human eye can differentiate about 10 million colors. A 24-bit display mode can produce about 16 million. Why, then, do operating systems have 32-bit and higher display modes if the apparent ...
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'Likes' vs 'Upvotes' [duplicate]

When it comes to completely anonymous appreciation of videos. What is better to use: 'Likes' vs 'Upvotes'? I've read elsewhere that likes seem more personal and there is a network involved. But what ...
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Do touch screens have a harmful psychological effect on people? [closed]

The touch screen is a radical change in the control of machines. For centuries, machines were operated by physical buttons. Perhaps the most important aspect of user experience for a physical device ...
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What is more memorable: Avatar or Username?

Is there any evidence which shows whether users are more able to recognise another user's Photo over their Username or vice versa? I am interested in understanding this from a usability perspective. ...
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Is the state of 'flow' equivalent to user engagement?

From Wikipedia Flow (psychology): Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and ...
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For user confirmation, is it more standard to use “Y” or “N” to denote continuing execution?

This is a question about best practice, not a specific language/ syntax question. When requesting user confirmation, e.g. Y/N to either continue execution despite some risky condition or exit to fix ...
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Is giving users false assurance a good thing?

I've seen websites that show messages like - Sorry, Something went wrong, we're trying to fix this ASAP , when they really should be displaying : 404 - the page you're looking for does not exist One ...
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How does Gamification change User Behavior?

On Location Based Applications the use of Gamification is essential. As you move along and check in you earn badges and points. Users also find themselves in a leader board, which most certainly ...
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How to encourage quality content?

Yahoo! Answers and StackExchange are two well-known examples of Q&A sites. Both sites allow users to ask questions, vote, and choose the best answer. Both sites have a point system to encourage ...
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Use last modified time or time created for ordering by date?

When sorting a list of items by date, is it more logical to sort it by the time that each item was modified or the time that each item was created? I have seen both of these methods used and I'm ...
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How do i balance MI requirements with the user experience?

Im designing an online form, to start the form, the user has to select between x3 options: (option 1) or (option 2) or (option 3) If the option 3 is selected, a lightbox appears to tell users they ...
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Would it be relevant to learn/understand how manipulation works as UX Designers?

When designing a service for users, we're constantly trying to push them to do things. We're creating systems to get them motivated so they see the value they'll get out of the product. Perfectly ...
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How to keep the user engaged while waiting for a period of time?

I am designing an app for an online taxi booking portal. The workflow is designed in a way in which the users must wait for 120 secs for booking to get confirmed. While the customer is waiting for the ...
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How much customisation should be permitted?

The team I work in are in charge of approving and creating new team document storage/collaboration microsites for business areas within the company. These are currently being offered as SharePoint ...
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What is the fundamental difference between liking and upvoting? Please signify what to use in what contexts?

In particular: How do people perceive the difference between these actions? How do people perceive the difference between a like/don't like system and a upvote/downvote system? When should you use ...
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what is the list for list of sexual orientation options in a dating website?

males and females sexual orientations in a terminology that is easy for the user to select them. Exmple .male straight , female straight including gay and lesbian and other kinds. please i am ...
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What are users attitudes towards help buttons

I was wondering, given the wealth of awful help menus foisted on us by various services, whether actually describing the manual area of your application as 'help' was a good idea or not. Do users ...
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What do dark and light dashboards communicate to users?

There are a couple of closely related answers about this on here, but none that gets to the question I'm asking. Outside of a what a user brings to a design (preconceptions, mental models, etc.) ...
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What are your favorite counter-intuitive principles or ideas within UX? [closed]

A quick example: "Paradox of Choice" - Giving a user more control via options, configuration, and settings is counter-intuitive from a UX standpoint. We expect users will relish their total ...
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Is an unread count in RSS and newsfeeds a good design decision? Is there a suitable alternative?

I use Google Reader for my RSS feeds. As seen in the image, along the left column there are counts for unread items. My question is this: is showing an unread count a good design decision in terms ...
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Practical applications / prototypes using different cognitive styles

I'm looking for practical applications or studies where the application has been developed for users with different cognitive styles. I'm mostly interested in those using Nisbett's cognitive thinking ...
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Which of those two design best symbolizes emptiness and makes you want to fill it?

I'm working on a service with limited credits and designing a counter displaying how much is left. I came across two approaches (below) and even if the first one looks simpler I feel like the second ...
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At what option count should I add a search filter to a drop down element?

I have a booking tool that offers a list of services to choose from. The option list is variable per client. Some clients offer one service, some have twenty or more. One client requested a search ...