Gerald Clore recently won the Association for Psychological Science’s William James Fellow Award. In his award address at APS’s 2013 annual meeting in Washington, DC, he reviewed research on how experiences influence the way we think. Some of the research he discussed is directly relevant to design research and the interpretation of data collected. For example, in one study, people were interviewed about their satisfaction with their lives: “On sunny days . . .
Being reminded of fast food, for example, by seeing related signs/packages or walking by fast food restaurants, affects non-food experiences. House and his team leaned that “exposure to fast-food [reminders] impeded [study] participants’ ability to derive happiness from pictures of natural beauty. . . . [seeing reminders of fast foods] undermined positive emotional responses to a beautiful melody by inducing greater impatience. . . .
Research completed at Wharton can help designers interpret information they collect during programming research as well as determine appropriate rewards for their own employees. Mogilner and Bhattacharjee learned that “age — particularly the contrasts between people hovering above or below the mid-30s mark — played a key role in what made individuals happy. . . .
A European research team has developed a virtual reality program to help airplane passengers overcome some of the unpleasant situations they encounter while flying, such as having to sit close to strangers and not having much control over their physical environment. The Europeans “investigate[d] how flight journeys can be made into a more pleasant experience using Virtual Reality. . . . [the team] develop[ed] an airplane cabin in which test subjects can immerse themselves in their own preferred personal environment. . . .
More people are living alone in the United States. Deka reports that in 2010, 28 percent of households had only one person in them, compared with 6% of households in 1930. During the same period, the percent of married-couple households changed from 79% (1930) to 49% (2010).
Composition impacts evaluation in subtle ways.
You can measure the unmeasurable.
Marzoli, Custodero, and Pagliara have identified an important reason to use shades, etc., to cut indoor glare produced by sunlight.
An interesting and comprehensive introduction to the world of design anthropology.
A great introduction to anthropological research on architecture.