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

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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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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 or ...
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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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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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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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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 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 done,...
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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 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 freedom ...
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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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Best way to teach novice programmers?

I'm working on a project that aims to teach programming novices. I want them to follow specific guidelines of programming and get accustomed to those (due to the fact that these guidelines are ...
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Do users like choice? How much should I give them?

I built a photo slideshow web page as an exercise for myself. One thing I found myself doing was adding a Settings button. Clicking this reveals a little settings pane that lets a user choose between ...
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What evidence is there that dark patterns are bad for business?

I recently got into a debate with a coworker about dark patterns. He's a numbers guy -- and I made the mistake of bringing up an example of a dark pattern for which I didn't have evidence of any ...
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Changing a visual object as it is dragged

Imagine that you have an interface with two principal panes: a map and a timeline. We want to enable our user to be able to select a job displayed on the map (for instance, "repair washing machine at ...
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How would you describe the way visual design contributes to the user experience?

When a website or product looks good, users enjoy using it more (assumption). They may even have more patience with the interface, regardless if there are usability issues, etc. How would you, ...
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Confusions about applying Hick-Hyman Law in user interface design

I think many people here have heard of "Hick-Hyman" law, which describes the time it takes for a person to make a decision as a result of the possible choices he or she has; That is, increasing the ...
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Looking for arguments and studies to rebut “No one complains, so it ain't broke.”

I'm of the opinion that the absence of complaints is not a strong indicator of good usability. I'd like to learn more about this idea, whether it's true or not, and how to argue the point if true. My ...
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Model photo choice for better conversion rate : is same sex more appealing than opposite sex?

I am creating a landing page targeted to men of age 18 to 45 years. It's supposed to promote a nationwide recruitment effort of temporary workers needed in production plants. The photo of a smiling ...
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UX Research: Can I improve conversion rates with the use of lifestyle over still life product photography

I work for a large UK-based clothing retailer. After some initial customer testing with our product details page there has been some debate on the following question: Do customers generally react ...
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How do users use spatial memory?

I have some questions about how spatial memory works and the effects on user interfaces: Do users seek items by spatial memory? What do they actually "link" to a position - a particular object ("View ...
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Deliberate Barriers to Entry in Web Design

ACHICA.com has taken the "members only club" concept to a level I've never seen online; you can hardly view anything on the site without registering. This is the first time I've seen barriers to entry ...
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What makes people vote?

What drives people to upvote or downvote content? I'm looking for the je-ne-sais-quoi quality on successful voting systems and I just can't put my finger on. Let's look at three examples: http://...
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Is it still effective and appropriate to use psychological pricing for IT people?

I need to build pricing plan for service that will be used mainly by developers and designers. I can't decide what price to use, e.g. $20 or $19. I'm afraid that well-educated and smart people (...
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When offering options, at which position in a sentence should be the desirable one?

When I ask the user a question with two options of which I want the user to choose a specific one, should I formulate the sentence so that the desired option it the latter or the other way around? ...
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Is it useful keeping “foveal vision” in mind when arranging content?

I came across this video explaining how you can reduce the congnitive load by arranging your content in small chunks fitting into your "foveal area": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzgRfE5B1Yc Of ...
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Name or data on this error alert phenomenon?

This is just a curiosity on my part, but I'm wondering if there's a name or studies for what I'm going to describe. I've noticed in many UX scenarios, not just computer related, that when there's an ...
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Should I use user-generated Badges to reward users?

I am thinking about using badges in a system to reward users. In the scenario I'm thinking of, users would be rewarded for posting content that is appreciated/ranked high by other users. I am ...