Human-computer interaction as science

Reeves, Stuart (2015) Human-computer interaction as science. In: Critical Alternatives 2015, 5th Decennial Aarhus Conference, 17-21 Aug 2015, Aarhus, Denmark.

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Human-computer interaction (HCI) has had a long and troublesome relationship to the role of 'science'. HCI's status as an academic object in terms of coherence and adequacy is often in question---leading to desires for establishing a true scientific discipline. In this paper I explore formative cognitive science influences on HCI, through the impact of early work on the design of input devices. The paper discusses a core idea that I argue has animated much HCI research since: the notion of scientific design spaces. In evaluating this concept, I disassemble the broader 'picture of science' in HCI and its role in constructing a disciplinary order for the increasingly diverse and overlapping research communities that contribute in some way to what we call 'HCI'. In concluding I explore notions of rigour and debates around how we might reassess HCI's disciplinarity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Science, Disciplinarity, Cognitive Science
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
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Depositing User: Reeves, Stuart
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2015 12:40
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:07

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