Research: Human Factors Research

UXmatters has published 25 articles on the topic Human Factors Research.

Top 3 Trending Articles on Human Factors Research

  1. Common Misconceptions About Touch

    Mobile Matters

    Designing for every screen

    A column by Steven Hoober
    March 18, 2013

    Touchscreens have been with us for decades—and they’ve been the mobile input method of choice for many of us for about 5 years. In fact, many junior designers and developers—or at least those who were late to the mobile party—have never owned a mobile phone for which buttons were the primary input method.

    But there are still very few designers who seem to know how touchscreens actually work or how people really interact with them. In my work as a UX design consultant, working for many different organizations, I’ve encountered lots of myths and half-truths about designing for touchscreens. Read More

  2. Abundance of Choice and Its Effect on Decision Making

    Decision Architecture

    Designing for decision making

    A column by Colleen Roller
    December 6, 2010

    In my last column, “Decision Architecture: Helping Users Make Better Decisions,” I talked about how people make decisions and what affects their decision-making process. Although it’s a common assumption that people are largely goal oriented and know what they want, research on decision making has shown that our preferences are actually quite malleable—especially when we encounter something new.

    What affects decision outcomes most is the actual context in which people make decisions. All kinds of things affect decision making—the type of decision someone is making, the decision maker’s level of expertise, the number of options available, the way and order in which options are presented, and many others. This column examines how the number of available options affects the decision-making process. Read More

  3. Interface Design for Learning: Design Strategies for Learning Experiences

    August 4, 2014

    This is a sample chapter from the book Interface Design for Learning: Design Strategies for Learning Experiences, which New Riders recently published as part of their Voices That Matter series. ©2013 New Riders.

    Chapter 2: How We Learn

    Interface Design for Learning Book Cover

    A whirlwind tour of essential learning theory sprinkled with a “who’s who” of big names in educational psychology.

    Learning Theory and Interface Design

    “Designers need to understand how people learn in order to develop learner-centered software … learning sciences must be integrated into software design.”—Quintana et al. in “Learner-Centered Design,” Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Science Read More

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