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Orne, M.T. (1962) On the social psychology of the psychological experiment: With particular reference to demand characteristics and their implications. American Psychologist. Vol. 17, No. 11, pp. 776-783.

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Accession Number= 00000487-196211000-00005 Finally I found an article presenting notes on social psychology studies regarding the behavior of people as test participants. Although usability tests are not generally treated as scientific or psychological experiments, many similar phenomenon as in Orne’s … Continue reading

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Trudel, C-I. and Payne, S.J. (1995) Reflection and goal management in exploratory learning. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. Vol. 42, No. 3, pp 307-339.

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DOI= 10.1006/ijhc.1995.1015 In these experiments, Trudel and Payne studied the effect of constraining the number of keystrokes that subjects were allowed to make while they were learning to use a new interactive device. They also tried the effect of having … Continue reading

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Trudel, C-I. and Payne, S.J. (1996) Self-monitoring during exploration of an interactive device. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Vol. 45, No. 6, pp. 723-747.

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DOI= 10.1006/ijhc.1996.0076 Trudel and Payne are interested in how people learn to use interactive devices and how this learning can be supported. Their studies relate to usability testing as they made experiments where “subject explored an unfamiliar interactive device without … Continue reading

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Schulte-Mecklenbeck, M. and Huber, O. (2003) Information search in the laboratory and on the Web: With or without an experimenter. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 227-235.

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DOI= 10.3758/BF03202545 The studies of Schulte-Mecklenbeck and Huber focused on the effect of the location of test comparing laboratory settings and uncontrolled settings in locations selected by the users. The users were asked to do risky decision making, and find … Continue reading

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Kjeldskov, J., Skov, M.B. and Stage, J. (2005) Does time heal? A longitudinal study of usability. In Proceedings of the 17th Australia conference on Computer-Human Interaction: Citizens Online: Considerations for Today and the Future (OZCHI ’05). Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG) of Australia, Narrabundah, Australia, Australia, pp. 1-10

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Kjeldskov, Skov and Stage approached the question of differences between novice and expert users as test participants in a new way. Instead of having different users representing either novice or expert users, they had the same seven users as test … Continue reading

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Raita, E. and Oulasvirta, A. (2011) Too good to be bad: Favorable product expectations boost subjective usability ratings. Interacting with Computers, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 363-371.

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DOI= 10.1016/j.intcom.2011.04.002 This article studies the effect of positive or negative priming on the subjective usability ratings after the test. The priming was done with two different versions of product review given to the users before starting with the test … Continue reading

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Hartmann, J., Sutcliffe, A. and De Angeli, A. (2008) Towards a theory of user judgment of aesthetics and user interface quality. ACM Transactions on Computer‐Human Interaction, Vol. 15, No. 4, Article 15, pp. 15:1-15:30.

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DOI=10.1145/1460355.1460357 Also this article contributes to the discussions on the interplay between aesthetics and perceived usability. Hartmann et al. used two versions of two web sites in their studies. A metaphor-based design was more aesthetic and also more engaging than … Continue reading

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Tamar Ben-Bassat, Joachim Meyer and Noam Tractinsky (2006) Economic and subjectve measures of the perceived value of aesthetics and usability. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 210-234.

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DOI=10.1145/1165734.1165737 The article by Ben-Bassat et al. continues the series of articles on assessing the effect of aesthetics to the perceived usability of systems. In their experiments, Ben-Bassat et al. added to the experiment conditions two methods that bring monetary … Continue reading

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