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  • Psychology and its relationship to theories of design

    Posted by Josh Rubin on October 20, 2022 at 10:18 am

    Hi all! I may be slow on the uptake, but it’s becoming increasingly clear to me in my own research that I need to know more about the roles that the discipline of Psychology has played in shaping how design is theorized and implemented. I thought I would create a forum thread for people with interest in this topic to contribute their perspectives, experiences, and sources.

    Josh Rubin replied 1 year, 7 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Josh Rubin

    October 20, 2022 at 10:21 am

    Just to say more: I’m thinking here of work like that of Hugo M√ľnsterberg on film and aesthetics! For those who don’t know M√ľnsterberg’s work, I’m learning that he is an incredibly fascinating figure–a popularizer of psychological theories in the domains of education, media, and law. He’s involved in complicated ways in the rise of the lie detector/polygraph as well as studies of the physiological responses that filmgoers have to the content on the screen. I’m presently exploring how his work has influenced generations of user researchers who apply similar techniques, for related theoretical reasons, to the study of the embodied responses of players to the videogames they play.

    • Anand Pandian

      October 24, 2022 at 10:07 pm

      Love this! I thought a little with M√ľnsterberg in an ethnography of filmmaking process I wrote a few years ago. If I had the language at the time, I might have conceptualized that book project as a reflection on design process. “Every dream becomes real, uncanny ghosts appear from nothing and disappear into nothing,” as he wrote in The Photoplay…

      • Josh Rubin

        October 28, 2022 at 9:47 pm

        Wow yes, I think M√ľnsterberg has a ton to say, much more than most of the commenters on his work let on!

        I just heard a talk by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun about the use of sentiment analysis in machine learning algorithms for social media. It was amazing–she traced the rise of sentiment analysis to studies of labor (particularly feminized labor) efficacy in the 1920s and Japanese internment. This talk really confirmed for me that we need to carefully interrogate the ways that psychological theories of human behavior and action have informed, and continue to inform, design processes!

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