Although large-scale data are increasingly used to study human behaviour, researchers now recognize their limits for producing sound social science. Qualitative research can prevent some of these problems. Such methods can help to understand data quality, inform design and analysis decisions and guide interpretation of results.
Haptics devices probably won’t ever live up to their promise to replicate physical contact, writes David Parisi (associate professor, College of Charleston) in the online Real Life magazine.
A vivid look at China’s shifting place in the global political economy of technology production by ethnographer Silvia M. Lindtner
Analysis of the outcomes of the French repairability index, how it affects repairers and how consumers feel about it.
Behavioural changes which affect the way people use energy are an important part of the toolkit for reaching net zero emissions by 2050.
Applying behavioural science to environmental challenges can help policymakers better target and redirect unsustainable behaviours. This report draws on published work to provide an overview of behaviourally informed interventions, why they should be considered by governments and how they can be devised and applied.
For the world to reach net zero, consumers everywhere will have to make fundamental changes to how they travel, heat, cool and power their homes, the food they eat and the products they buy.
This report of the Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Sustainable Behaviour Change draws on research syntheses about the potential contributions of behaviour change towards climate and sustainability goals to attain the goals of the Paris Agreement.
A study by the World Economic Forum, Qualtrics and SAP suggests we are far from reaching a consensus about who is responsible for taking action on climate change and who is trusted to do so
Results suggest 81% of people say businesses are primarily responsible for taking action on climate change, yet only 28% trust businesses’ claims about sustainable practices.
Provides a foundational understanding of technical and social aspects related to online privacy
Covers modern application areas as well as underexplored issues (e.g., privacy accessibility, cross-cultural privacy)
Includes a dedicated part on forward-looking approaches to privacy that move beyond one-size-fits-all solutions.
An inside view of the experimental practices of cognitive psychology—and their influence on the addictive nature of social media
ToNite project presented at Milan conference on design-led approaches to renewing public management and governance
Global research released by IKEA Retail (Ingka Group) reveals the vital role that home has played in meeting people’s mental wellbeing needs during the pandemic.
Conspiracy theories and misinformation about QAnon, COVID-19 and 2020 election fraud took a deadly turn in 2021. As bad as things were last year, experts worry it'll get worse in 2022.
This article explore the promises of security that are embedded in the smart city technologies and algorithms and their potential implications for creating social inequality and discrimination, through an ethnographic study of the Living Lab Stratumseind, a popular nightlife street in Eindhoven.
Free to download systemic design toolkit
"System-Shifting Design: An Evolving Practice Explored" explores what ‘next practice’ around systemic design looks like, and how the design system itself might need to change to allow more designers to do things differently.
UX Theatre is "the application of any sort of design methodology without including a single user in the process, or including users but merely for show."
With this product, writes anthropologist Sally Applin in MIT's Technology Review, "Facebook is claiming the face as real estate for its own technology."
Download free Experientia report on the role of consumer behavior in making food purchasing and product packaging more sustainable.
Rapporto gratuito di Experientia sul ruolo del comportamento dei consumatori nel rendere più sostenibile l’acquisto degli alimenti e il packaging dei prodotti.
Download free Experientia report on key trends and design challenges in home and remote care when patient and caregivers use online platforms and on-body health devices
Rapporto gratuito su tendenze chiave e sfide di design nell'assistenza a domicilio e a distanza quando il paziente e i caregiver usano piattaforme online e dispositivi per la salute.
Research shows public deliberation can change participants’ opinions when it comes to public policy. Citizens who participate in mini-publics often listen to the arguments of others and form different views. They also often produce robust decisions, which are then - unfortunately - ignored by policy makers.
It is critical to marry conventional data analytics with a deeper understanding of audience psychology by observing everyday human behavior.
A bold reassessment of "smart cities" that reveals what is lost when we conceive of our urban spaces as computers.
Research in US, Denmark, Hungary and Italy suggests that the ongoing pandemic places many countries at an increased risk of political unrest. The violence that marked some of the 2020 demonstrations was likely a manifestation of the psychological toll the pandemic has had on citizens.
Danish social scientist Michael Bang Petersen illuminates the evolutionary foundations and social processes involved in the spread of outright falsehoods.
People care and act to manage their privacy, but face steep psychological and economic hurdles that make not just desired, but also desirable privacy nearly unattainable. Approaches to privacy management that rely purely on market forces and consumer responsibilization have failed.
Curated by Experientia partner Jan-Christoph Zoels and Sara Fortunati, director of the Torino Circle of Design, the conference dealt with the best international practices about the humanization of technology. It was structured into six different thematic sessions: ethics, public services, healthcare, AI, mobility and learning. All videos are now available, with English subtitles.
- AI, Conference, Education, Educational services, Experientia, Experientia, Health, Healthcare, Italy, Jan-Christoph Zoels, Mobility, Public services, Technology (general), Turin
The use of nudge theory to inform policy interventions in response to COVID-19 has re-opened debates over the politically paternalistic nature of governing by ‘nudges’ and has given momentum to calls to include the more participatory elements of co-design into policymaking
UXmatters and the UX research consultancy User Fountain recently teamed up to survey UX professionals around the world on the role of User Experience within their organization. The Role of UX: 2020 Benchmark Study explores UX roles, tools, methods, and organizational structures, as well as organizations’ various levels of UX maturity.
But scientists are getting better at measuring where each system fails.
Several Covid-19 policies have shown "just how deeply some governments distrust their citizens. As if the virus was not enough, the public was portrayed as an additional part of the problem". But, asks Prof. Stephen Reicher of the University of St Andrews, "is this an accurate view of human behaviour"?
Individuals and households can adopt a variety of measures to optimise their energy consumption, writes Elisabatta Cornago of the International Energy Agency. This article focuses on the potential for enhancing energy efficiency with policies and programmes designed to educate consumers and encourage them to alter their daily habits – without resorting to large-scale structural improvements.
During its first year of activity, the Behavioural Insights Platform of the UsersTCP, with the IEA (International Energy Agency), has developed an environment scan report assessing how behavioural insights have been applied to demand-side energy policy and programmes.
Gillian Tett, anthropologist and chair of the US editorial board of the Financial Times, has published - in the Guardian - her list of 10 books offering insights into how we structure our lives.
Since the majority of cyber incidents are human enabled, this shift requires expanding research to underexplored areas such as behavioral aspects of cybersecurity. This paper provides a review of relevant theories and principles, and gives insights including an interdisciplinary framework that combines behavioral cybersecurity, human factors, and modeling and simulation.
CyberBitsEtc. is a website and blog by Ganna Pogrebna (Professor of Behavioural Economics and Data Science, Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute) and Boris Taratine (Cyber Security Architect and Visionary) that focuses a lot on the human aspects of cyber security, in particular behavioural design, psychology and behavioural sciences.
If there’s one simple message for the general reader in her new book Anthro-Vision it is this: the promise and value of anthropology lies in making visible that which is close to hand but ignored. It offers a means to see the world differently.