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Jeremiah Still
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PhD, Spring 2009

Home Dept: Psychology

PhD Dissertation title: Conceptualizing design affordances from a cognitive perspective

PhD Advisor: Veronica Dark

Area of PhD research: In my dissertation it is suggested that a broader meaning of affordance is more appropriate for designers and that a unified account of affordances can be achieved using a cognitive conceptualization of perceived affordances. Within this cognitive framework, perceived affordances arise from automatic processes in the user that either are inborn or have developed over time as consistent interactions produce changes in long-term memory. Well learned conventions are examples of the latter. The cognitive mechanisms responsible for how perceived affordances arise and how they affect the cognitive system are presented along with a flowchart to help guide designer decisions. Three experiments were also reported that examined whether empirical differences exist between affordances and conventions.

Employment upon graduating:
academicDirector of graduate program/Assistant Professor
Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, MO

Current activity: I have accepted a tenure track position as the director of a NEW Human Factors & Usability Testing Graduate Program at Missouri Western State University. Further, I will be running a Human-Centered Design research lab and teaching mostly Human-Computer Interaction graduate courses with a focus on the cognitive side.

HCI issues that interest me: My research goal is to apply cognitive theories within interaction design to facilitate the usability of everyday interfaces.

A website recommend, and why: http://www.upassoc.org/ http://www.upassoc.org/usability_resources/index.html The Usability Professionals' Association (UPA) promotes user-centered design within real world contexts worldwide!
The Usability Professionals' Association (UPA) promotes user-centered design within real world contexts worldwide!

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